Fifteen awards and decorations

Award for "Future oriented thinking for the benefit of mankind" from the Society of Dutch Consulting Engineers (ONRI) - 1982

Special Science Award for his work related to land reclamation from the Bataafsch Genootschap voor Proefondervindelijke Wijsbegeerte, Rotterdam - 1992

Medal for his contribution to Dutch water-land engineering in general and coastal zone development including land reclamation in particular - 1992

Volker Stevin Innovation Award 1993 for Project Development Management System

Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion - 1993

International Award (USA) for the Master Plan concerning multifunctional land reclamation (14,000 hectares, of which 10,000 ha land and 4,000 ha water) in Taiwan

Medal Universitá Maritima de Chile for integrated coastal zone development -Vina del Mar - 1994

Plaque of Appreciation for extending advance training and cognition in the field of land reclamation and coastal management in the Philippines - 1994

Van Scherpenberg Communication Award - 1994

Special recognition for reclamation design in the Bay of Jakarta - IKANED-Seminar - 1996

AVBB 1996 - Award for design & realization of various large and small scale projects in the field of integrated multi-functional sustainable coastal zone development

Van Heemst trophy for excellence in government (Province of South-Holland) - 1999

Plaque of Appreciation for the Sustainable Development of the Laguna de Bay Environment Project, the Philippines - 2001

Mr. D.U. Stikker Plaque (2003) and Thorbecke Medal (2008) for great merits and dedication

Chosen as Best Member of Dutch Regional Parliaments - 2007

Highest distinction 'De Gouden Lis' of the Dutch Province of South Holland (2008)