Delta Sessions / urbanising deltas of the world
During the Conference one of the four main conference session streams is reserved for the Delta Sessions: nine sessions focusing on the current status and future development of innovative approaches and projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Myanmar, USA, Colombia, Egypt and the Netherlands. These Delta Sessions will address a number of the Building Blocks for the Delta Approach: a dozen specific approaches for delta areas. Each of the Delta Sessions will address a few of these building blocks.
As part of the Delta Sessions two sessions will be organised about the research programme ‘Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW)’. This programme aims to increase knowledge about river deltas worldwide and to contribute to water safety, food security, and to sustainable economic development in these areas.The first session will present the programme and discuss how research feeds the delta planning processes through the lenses of key stakeholders. The second session will present the new UDW Call for proposals, which opens funding opportunities for delta research.
DS 1. Mozambique: integrated approach: the city of Beira
The session on Mozambique will primarily focus on the port city of Beira. The session illustrates urban resilience challenges that Mozambique faces, such as flooding, coastal erosion, rapid population growth, inadequate infrastructure, stressors in the economy and financial stressors that compromise the delivery of public services. The session will highlight how Beira’s local government promotes flood resilient urban development in partnership with key economic and social actors in the city. Beira’s approach highlights stakeholder participation, increased transparency and partnership to realize the 2035 vision for the city.
The session will address:
- What is at stake in Beira? What are the opportunities? What are the risks?
- What is the vision 2035?
- How does the integrated “delta approach” support the realization of this vision?
- Government cooperation / stakeholder cooperation
- Decision support systems
The session will include presentations from the City of Beira and from the Dutch Delta team (experimenting with Dutch Delta Approach). Experiences and feedback from other countries will be included by means of panel and discussion.
The Mozambique session will focus on the following Building Blocks for a Delta Approach:
DS 2. USA: Rebuilding by design in the USA
The USA session will revolve around the experiences in the USA with the ‘Rebuild by design’ approach. This is a very innovative concept with a lot of attention for the role of design and integral development that includes social aspects next to water safety requirements. The approach was applied in the Sandy-affected region to protect people from future climate events while strengthening everyday resilience within communities. Other interesting developments in the US that will be highlighted in this session are innovations in data analysis in climate adaptation efforts.
In this session presentations will be given on:
- Applying an integrated approach in the US, case form Louisiana
- A community focused approach post-Sandy - community driven adaptation in the USA
- Making climate change and its effects clear with data
In the session experiences and feedback from other countries will be included through a discussion on the role of integral design.
The USA session will focus on the following Building Blocks for a Delta Approach:
DS 3. Indonesia: NCICD, from planning to implementation
The session Indonesia: NCICD, from planning to implementation will focus on the project ’ National Capital Integrated Coastal Development’ (NCICD). Based on the recently presented master plan for this project the focus will be on the shift from planning towards implementation of this project. Key aspects will be: integrated approach, cooperation of various governments and private and knowledge sectors and finance.
The session will include:
- Experiences of the NCICD project so far
- Key issues of the project
- Future progress of the project
Presentations will be given by Indonesian Ministry representatives (PU, Bappenas, MENKO) and DKI. In the session experiences and feedback from other countries will be included by means of panel and discussion.
The Indonesia session will focus on the following Building Blocks for a Delta Approach:
DS 4. The Netherlands, the Dutch Delta Session
The Delta programme aims to protect the Netherlands against flooding and to guarantee fresh water supply in the long term (2100). In this session four presentations will address new national policy frameworks regarding:
- the new flood risk management policies
- fresh water supply
- climate/water proof spatial planning
And how these national frameworks are combined in an regional adaptive water management strategy of Lake IJssel, the biggest lake of the Netherlands.
The presentations will highlight:
- Policy development in a multi-governance setting, including stakeholder involvement
- Adaptive strategies, in order to deal with future uncertainty and link short term decisions with long term water challenges
- Integration of flood risk management and fresh water supply together and with other interests
- Governance requirements to guarantee implementation
In a concluding panel session there is time for questions and experiences from abroad.
The Netherlands session will focus on the following Building Blocks for a Delta Approach:
DS 5. Bangladesh: Bangladesh delta Plan 2100
Within the context of the recently started Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 project, Bangladesh and Dutch experts work together to develop long term strategies to deal with socio-economic trends and climate change in one of the largest and most dynamic deltas in the world. Different methods and approaches are employed to support the development of these strategies, such as scenario development and adaptive delta management principles. The project also aims to incorporate lessons from comparable projects in the Netherlands (the Dutch Delta Programme) and Vietnam (Mekong Delta Plan). Simultaneously anchoring investment plans is important to facilitate the translation of long term strategies into implementation programmes.
The session will highlight and discuss:
- Process and governance in relation to BDP2100
- Translation from planning to investment and implementation
- Comparing and incorporating lessons learned from the Netherlands and Vietnam
The Bangladesh session will focus on the following Building Blocks for a Delta Approach:
DS 6. Vietnam: shared framework for development
The Vietnam session will focus on the overall theme of 'shared framework for development' and will address following thematic areas;
- National and regional aspects of decisions and developments
- Long term vision and shared framework
- National government and provinces involvement
- Decision support tool to support integrated approach
The session will include presentations from the national government (Ministry MARD, MONRE), IFI’s, knowledge institutes, SWCC. In the session experiences and feedback from other countries will be included by means of panel and discussion.
The Vietnam session will focus on the following Building Blocks for a Delta Approach:
DS 7. Colombia: Room for the River: implementation in the Cauca area and other regions
The session Colombia: Room for the River will primarily focus on the experience with the implementation of the Room for the River concept in the Cauca area. Water management issues are major causes for the recurring floods in the area of the river Cauca. The floods not only pose a direct threat to the people in the area, but also cause much economic damage. In the development of the masterplan Upper Cauca, a Dutch consortium led by Arcadis will apply the Room for the River concept in the Colombian context. Important aspects are support and commitment of the authorities concerned and the main socio-economic stakeholders.
In the session the following themes will be addressed:
- Integrated approach
- Governance and cooperation with stakeholders in the Cauca area
- Implementation of the concept in other regions in Colombia.
The session will include presentations from the Colombian National Department of Planning (DNP), the regional authority CAR del Valle del Cauca (CVC) and Dutch experts.
The Colombia session will focus on the following Dutch Building Blocks for a Delta Approach:
DS 8. Egypt: Integrated Coastal zone Management
The session Egypt: Integrated Coastal Zone Management will discuss options for sustainable management and development of the Northern coastal environment of Egypt. The Delta and the narrow valley of the Nile comprise 5.5.% of the area of Egypt, but over 95% of its people, 30-40% of Egypts agricultural production and half of Egypt’s industrial production are situated here. The region is economically extremely important, attracting substantial capital investment. However, the Egyptian Mediterranean coast was subjected to many unsustainable developments during the past decades. The coastal environment is at many places seriously degraded. This is impacting the human use of the coastal zone, causing the loss of important economic assets. Irrational land use, water pollution, salt intrusion, shoreline erosion, flooding and deterioration of natural resources and habitats are the main challenges to be dealt with. More over, these challenges will be exacerbated due to climate change impacts, sea-level rise and land subsidence, causing prolonged vulnerability to flooding risks and coastal erosion. By referring to Dutch Delta Management approaches and experiences, the session will address the following themes:
- Integrated approaches
- Governance, institutional Development and stakeholder participation
- Dealing with brackish circumstances
The session will include presentations from the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, the Coastal Zone Research Institute (CORI) and/or the Shore Protection Authority (SPA), UNDP-GEF programme and Dutch coastal zone management experts including Job Dronkers.
The Egypt session will focus on the following Dutch Building Blocks for a Delta Approach:
DS 9. Myanmar: Developing an integrated water management plan in Myanmar
Myanmar is taking the first steps in developing an integrated water resources management strategy. Currently, scenarios are being developed for the IWM strategy. A central element in the scenarios is the effect of climate change. For delta countries climate change is expected to raise significant problems in the future, therefore this session will revolve around the risks and opportunities of climate change for Myanmar and the possibilities for adaptation.
The Myanmar session will address the issues:
- Applying the integrated water management approach in Myanmar
- How is Myanmar affected by climate change and how can they deal with it?
The Myanmar session will focus on the following Building Blocks for a Delta Approach:
UDW 1. How Research and Practice meet and feed each other to develop new delta management approaches
The first session will present the Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW) programme, and investigates the delta planning cases of Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Bangladesh through the lenses of key stakeholders from B(usiness), P(olicy) and R(esearch). With 7 recently started projects, in which these stakeholder groups collaborate intensively, UDW offers an interesting platform for Research-Practice exchange within a delta comparative framework. In short pitches experts from UDW and related projects will present the main future challenges for the three deltas, perspectives for collaboration (B<-> R <-> P) and implications for research. The delta contributions will 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.
UDW 2. Urbanising Deltas of the World: Launch second Call for proposals
The second session will present the new UDW Call for Proposals, which aims to specifically engage private sector parties in the programme. This session will inform you about the context, the content, and about conditions for submitting a proposal. Room will be provided to meet potential partners. The session is aimed at researchers, private sector parties, NGOs and policymakers interested in funding opportunities for research. The research programme Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW) is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and aligned to the Dutch Topsector Water.