Hydro-Social Deltas

Events

Multi-stakeholder Proposal Development Workshop (Dhaka, August 2013)

The project partners conducted a stakeholder workshop and site visits in Dhaka from 18-20 August 2013 in order to assess the relevance of the research questions and project focus to local stakeholders from different sectors; provide feedback on the knowledge gaps and research questions that had priority; inform the social and political context analysis for the issues (who were key actors, what were the power relations between actors); identify the ways in which stakeholders wanted to be involved in the project, and inform a project communication strategy. 43 participants attended the workshop, representing research institutes, universities, government agencies, private sector, and NGOs. Consultations and follow up meetings were held with those key organizations who were not able to attend the workshop, both in Bangladesh and the Netherlands. 

Project consortium meeting (Rotterdam, September 2014)

Representatives from all project consortium partners met each other and discussed the UDW programme and the larger framework within which our project is situated; potential research ideas in Bangladesh; linkages to The Netherlands. Respective roles in the project and administrative arrangements were further clarified.

Delta in Times of Climate Change conference (Rotterdam, September 2014)

Two sessions were devoted to the Urbanising Deltas of the World programme in the Delta in Times of Climate Change conference. In short pitches the UDW projects presented the main future challenges for the deltas studied, sketch perspectives for collaboration and subsequent research needs. The contributions were be followed by a panel discussion, to make comparisons, draw general conclusions and identify priority issues and research needs that contribute to future delta management and planning processes. 

Stakeholder survey and stakeholder meetings (Dhaka, December 2014)

After the project was granted funding, the project partners revisited the relevant stakeholder networks in Bangladesh and extended the scope to actors engaged in urban issues. Urban issues (land, planning, development, migration) are increasing in in priority for the national government. We found the hegemonic framing of migration to assume a direct linkages between biophysical changes in rural areas and migration: climate change causes increased flooding, which drives people to towns. Very few references were made to how governance mediates this process. Urban migration is seen to cause problems: it overwhelms urban services and gives rise to violence.

Project consortium meeting (Vlissingen, May 2015)

The main objective of this meeting was to orient the project within the Dutch Southwest Delta:

  • set groundwork for the collaboration and future research in the Dutch Southwest Delta
  • learn about local priorities/challenges/situation in regards to flood and disaster management
  • generate ideas on the comparison between the two deltas (in Bangladesh and Netherlands).

One underlying question is 'when are situations comparable? Comparing demographic and migration characteristics of the Dutch delta with the Bangladesh one, focusing on the effect these have on evacuation possibilities, it is clear that the Dutch delta is the ´Miami of the Netherlands´ with rich retirees, creating a mobility challenge. The large numbers of (probably uniformed) tourists add to evacuation needs. Population density and limited road capacity mean vertical evacuation may be a necessary alternative; the Netherlands could learn from Bangladesh experiences.