Workshop on Linking Urbanising Deltas of the World Research, Innovation and Implementation in Delta Management

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Bangladesh Deltaplan 2100 and Institute of Water Modeling jointly organized a workshop on Linking Urbanising Deltas of the World research, innovation and implementation in delta management on 22 January 2018 at Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Dhaka.

Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources and H.E. Leoni Margeretha Cuelenaera, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh were present in the workshop as Special Guests. Inaugural session of the Seminar was chaired by Prof. Dr. M. Monowar Hossain, Executive Director, Institute of Water Modelling and Coordinator, Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing.

Prof. Isa Baud, Chair of the UDW Steering Committee gave an introduction on Urbanizing Deltas of the World and Prof. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (GED), Planning Commission and Senior Secretary delivered a concept note on Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100. Dutch Project Leader BDP Prof. Jaap De Heer delivered his presentation on Importance of knowledge and research for BDP 2100 in the workshop.

The workshop focused on linking research, innovation and implementation in delta management in Bangladesh, to identify opportunities for improving exchange, use and generation of knowledge directed towards implementation challenges. The UDW research and innovation programme and the BDP2100 will be drawn on as entry points, to enhance the possibilities of UDW to meaningfully contribute to policy and practice. Eminent experts on delta management like Prof. Dr. Ainun Nishat, Dr. A. Atiq Rahman, Dr. Saleemul Huq participated in this workshop.

The UDW programme is managed by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global development, a division of the Dutch research council. It focuses on strengthening and improving the use of research for inclusive and sustainable development to the benefit of lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). NWO-WOTRO funds research that is closely inter-linked with policy and practice.

The UDW programme focuses on improving the understanding of complex delta systems with the aim to contribute to water safety, water and food security, and sustainable economic development, combined with the strong ambition in enhancing the impact and use of such research in the policy and practice of water and delta management. To ensure that research results are more relevant to and accessible for local communities, policy makers, and other practitioners, project researchers have developed initiatives for interaction with the various target groups.

During the Technical Session, a lively round table discussion was held in World Café Format, chaired by Senior Secretary & Member (GED), Planning Commission Prof. Dr. Shamsul Alam. Guests from various government and non-government agencies, donors, national and international water and climate experts attended the workshop.