Developing capacity to manage floods in Bangladesh

The recent monsoon-driven floods in south Asia severely impact food security of Bangladesh. Early arrival of this year’s flash floods in the northeast and monsoon floods in the northwest destroyed the harvest of the majority of the rice-paddy fields of the country, depriving Bangladesh of nearly 1/6thof its total rice production. Furthermore, dike breaches and overtopping of rivers in the vast river delta of Bangladesh caused flooding of many towns and villages and caused extensive damage to Bangladesh’s infrastructure such as roads and bridges. Nevertheless, given the severity of the floods, the impacts in terms of fatalities were significantly smaller than those from similar floods decades ago. This suggests that the preparedness of Bangladeshi’s to floods has increased.

Professor Chris Zevenbergen, William Veerbeek and dr. Assela Pathirana from the Flood Resilience chair group are currently involved in projects in Bangladesh to accelerating this trend towards lower flood impacts. They do this by introducing and implementing innovate yet locally adapted flood proofing technologies in the NWO-funded CORE Bangladesh project. They are also involved in an initiative spearheaded by dr. Aby Syed of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies to upscale flood resilient housing in villages in Rangpur of Bangladesh which have been destroyed by the recent floods (see pictures). On a more strategic level, they empower all water-related agencies to adopt Bangladesh’s new long term water policy: the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. In the NICHE-funded project DeltaCAP, a “train-the-trainers” program on adaptive delta management is developed which should be disseminated to water professionals all over Bangladesh. Projects like these should further prepare Bangladesh for the many water challenges in the future.

Picture 1: Teesta flood water washed away a portion of the road infrastructure in Dinajpur and the surrounding homes. (photo by The Daily Ittefaq, August 13, 2017)

Picture 2: A flood resilient house in Char Haibat in Rangpur which has not been effected by the recent flash flood. (photo taken by Chris Zevenbergen on September 22, 2017)

Workshop on Information Services for Farmers in Peri-Urban Khulna

Workshop on Information Services for Farmers in Peri-Urban Khulna

The ‘Workshop on Information Services for Participatory Water Management’ in Peri-Urban Khulna was jointly organized by the DeltaCAP (www.deltacapproject.net) and WaterApps (www.waterapps.net) projects from 27-29th November, 2017. The venue of the workshop was CSS AVA centre and Khulna University. In the 2nd day of the workshop there was a field visit in 2 areas of Rupsha and Batiaghata Upazila of Khulna.  

Information services, such as weather forecasts or forecasts of water levels, can help farmers and other water users to manage water resources and take farm decisions.

The workshop aims to understand:

  1. How can we develop information services that matter to people?
  2. Is training on participatory development and use of water and climate information a capacity you want to develop in your organisation?

The workshop has a dual objective:

  • With farmers and agriculture officers: What are information needs? Progress towards the participatory development of climate services and capacity in Botiaghata and Rupsha sub-district.
  • With service providers (water & climate data and extension): how can we develop information services that matter to people? Is training on participatory development and / or use of climate services a capacity you want to develop in your organisation?

The workshop was conducted as learning-by-doing approach by engaging potential service providers and service receivers, to co-develop these services. The approach of the work has a challenge of providing hydro-climatic information services to farmers and water managers in peri-urban Khulna. Examples of such information are weather forecasts, seasonal forecasts, and forecasts of water levels and salinity in support of on-farm decisions. By starting from this example, the outcome of this workshop is to 1) assess the interest of information service providers, such DAE, BMD, BWDB, LGED, research institutes and NGOs, to provide these information services to their partners and constituents, and 2) build capacity with these organisation to do so if desired. The choice to focus on hydro-climatic information services will be evaluated after one year, after which other services can be proposed.
 

 

For more details please contact- Saskia Werners  ; Uthpal Kumar 

Information Services for Sustainable Delta Management – Participants speak!

Information Services for Sustainable Delta Management – Participants speak!

Knowledge Portal will be useful for making plan for different project in my organization if it is free to access for future
use.

a participant

Exercise session is the most useful to me because through this stage i can understand easily what
i learned from lecture.

This training is a practical training focusing on the application of Information Services for Sustainable Delta Management. Workshop participants acquired insights into the Knowledge Portal, the Touch Table and the use of information services for scenario planning.

Background information was supplemented by demonstrations, hands-on exercises and group discussions. A focus of the course is to gain practical experiences in the application of information services and to enable participants to use these services in their specific field of application. Use cases of how information services support sustainable delta management in Bangladesh were presented and discussed.

The use of the Knowledge Portal and the Touch Table proved to be particularly useful to support planners and decision makers in problem analysis, strategy-making or monitoring steps. Questions on how to prepare, realize and maintain the use of the Knowledge Portal and the Touch Table were addressed.

learning goals

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1.  set up a new project in the Touch Table, load maps from the Knowledge Portal and use tools in order to sketch objects, measure the size of objects, define buffer zones and define the scale and the extent of maps
  2. apply two features of the Touch Table:
    –          the feature service to do real time analysis on the touch table with pre-configured map layers
    –          the photo map to combine maps with texts and images
  3.  upload map layers to the geoserver
  4. identify important aspects to consider in a real application of information services with regard to the preparation, the realization and maintenance
  5. know how information services can be used in order to support scenario planning

Participant feedback

The course was received well by participants. Following are some selected graphs from the participant feedback.

Information Services for Sustainable Delta Management - End of course evaluation
Become a member of DeltaCap family! – DeltaCap APP is ready!

Become a member of DeltaCap family! – DeltaCap APP is ready!

To become a member of the DeltaCap[1] network is free. The DeltaCap projects aims to support the capacity development required for putting the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, expected to be approved shortly, on the ground.

An important feature of DeltaCap is it’s flexible programming: every year the capacity development activities will be evaluated and further defined and detailed via an iterative process of consultation and learning. Your active participation in the DeltaCap network will be crucial for this process of joint exploration of the actual and future capacity development needs.

Participation in the DeltaCap network is open to professionals from governmental organizations, universities, scientific research institutes, civil society organizations, private companies and science-oriented foundations that have an interest in the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.

To  join the DeltaCap Network you are invited to download the DeltaCap App and fill out the form (it will only take 10 minutes of your time) in the mobile application (see back side for instructions to install the app). Being a member of the DeltaCap network means that you have access to the dashboard of DeltaCap, which provides actual and detailed information on the capacity development needs and progress. You will also receive the latest information about DeltaCap, like trainings being organized.

The DeltaCapp App can be downloaded from:


http://deltacap.mpower-social.com:5001/usermodule/login/?next=/
. For more information on DeltaCap please go to https://deltacapproject.net/. For technical questions regarding the app please send your questions to mouansari@mpower-social.com or mnm@iwmbd.org. Please contact them or any other DeltaCAP team member to obtain a user ID and password.

[1] DeltaCap is financed by the Government of the Netherlands and by a partnership of  knowledge institutions in Bangladesh and The Netherlands.  DeltaCap has started in 2016 and will end in 2020.

How to install the App?

To download the DeltaCap App to your Android smartphone, you use the following steps:

Step 1: Go to the App store.

Step 2: Download the DeltaCap_apk file on your Android based smart phone.

Step 3: Tap on the downloaded Delta Cap application.

Step 4: Then click on settings.

Step 5: Then click and TAP ON Unknown Sources (Since it is not google Play Store) and click on ok.

Step 6: After that, click on next.

Step 7: Then click on install.

Step 8:  The confirmation of DeltaCap Installation will be appeared on the mobile screen.

Step 9: Then search “DeltaCap” ICON in mobile wallpaper and click on it.

Step 10: Then please insert user ID: <> and Password: <>

(  Please contact mouansari@mpower-social.com,  mnm@iwmbd.orgor any other DeltaCAP team member to obtain a user ID and password. )

Step 11: Tap on “New” option

Step 12: Tap on “Delta Monitoring and Evaluation Form”.

Step 13:  Swipe the screen from right to left.

Step 14: Complete the form

After completing the form please click on  “Save Form and Exit”. To send the data, please click on “Send Data” option and tap on the “Delta Monitoring and Evaluation Form” and then click on “Get Selected”. Now your data has been successfully sent.

Deltacap web form

You can also fill out the form through the Web Based DeltaCap Data Form. For that, please go to the link http://deltacap.mpower-social.com:5001/usermodule/login/?next=/.

(  Please contact mouansari@mpower-social.com,  mnm@iwmbd.orgor any other DeltaCAP team member to obtain a user ID and password. )

Input user info: user ID and password. To input data please click on  “New Submission”. The Web Based form will appear on the screen.

For any technical questions regarding the app please contact Mousumi Ansari of the DeltaCap team, Assistant Project Manager at mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. Contact No: 01964435653, e-mail: mouansari@mpower-social.com.

Looking forward to be in touch!

DeltaCAP annual meeting Sept, 2017

DeltaCAP annual meeting Sept, 2017

We, the full DeltaCAP family  gathered in Dhaka to celebrate the achievement of year 2016/17 and to plan for the 2nd year of the project 2017/18.

On 19th of September, Chris Zevenbergen and Abu Saleh Khan had a number of meetings with DeltaCAP key stakeholder organizations.