Strengthening Education and Training Capacities for Water Sector Professionals…
DeltaCap: Contributing to Bangladesh’s capacity to deliver its Delta Plan
A NICHE project helping to develop capacity and skills for Bangladesh to implement its Delta Plan 2100
Soon the first lessons of the Online Couse ‘Climate Information Services for The BDP2100’ will be launched for a testing round. This online course targets students and professionals in water management and spatial planning and introduces the climate information services that are available in Bangladesh to support the implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100). For the first testing round, we have a limited number of seats available, for students and professionals that are willing to test the course material. Participants will gain important knowledge and skills in explaining adaptive delta management and climate information services to support the implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan. Participants will receive a DeltaCAP completion certificate and will be invited for the other lessons of the course when available. If you are interested, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the course
The BDP2100 is a long-term, integral and holistic plan for the country of Bangladesh. Central to the execution of this plan, is the Adaptive Delta Management approach. This approach takes the uncertain future into account, by developing strategies that are robust under different possible futures and that can be flexibly adjusted when new knowledge comes available. Climate change impacts pose a big challenge to Bangladesh: already often occurring natural hazards like flash floods, heat waves and droughts will occur more often and more extreme. How exactly this future climate will look like is uncertain. Consequently, what actions and development courses are most appropriate is not straightforward. However, climate information services are available that can support spatial planners and water managers to make climate-smart decisions. This course provides an introduction to the available information climate services in Bangladesh, the principles of Adaptive Delta Management and the goals BDP2100. This will allow students to reflect on how climate information services may support their own work, to achieve a climate robust Bangladesh.
The course is provided online and regards a mix of expert interviews, tutorials, literature and quizzes. The course is structured along four modules, each module containing multiple lessons. Modules:
- Introduction to the BDP2100 and Climate Services
- Data and Information sources
- Communication and Visualization
- Policy and Action
The Training Workshop on “PARTICIPATORY PLANNING TOOLS FOR STRATEGIC DELTA PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT” consisted of four participatory planning tools: MOTA, DENVIS, design charrettes, and participatory scenario development. These tools were excersized by participants on the third and fourth day. On the second day, a field trip to Beel Pakhimara, Tala Satkhira nearby district of Khulna was held to better capture the problems in the field. On the final day, the training of trainer session was conducted on how to design/organize/ facilitate a participatory planning tools and the role of the tools and evaluation and feedbacks for this training workshop.
On 24 November Prof Shah Alam Khan met with Mr. William Oliemans of Deltares. A great opportunity for DeltaCap to learn more about the Water Management Knowledge Innovation Program (WMKIP) and vice versa! In this project, water management is enhanced through various ways. A common interest is e.g. information services: The WaterApp developments in DeltaCap/WaterApp project and the waterapp development in WMKIP can benefit a lot by further exchange and learning from each other. Overall collaboration between Deltares and BUET was also discussed.
Further, they talked about the linkage between DeltaCap and BDP2100 implementation foreseen: the Delta Centre that is currently being set up under the DeltaCap project has a role to coordinate capacity development for the implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan.
DeltaCAP training calendar
Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP) has been approved in September 2018. This longer term, integrated, holistic and adaptive plan with 50 to 100 years’ time frame also brings about the need to think practically how the implementation can take place, and how planning and implementation processes can be adjusted in this longer term while considering the policy implications. At the same time, there is also a pressing need for generating new capacities and knowledge. This is an enormous challenge with various practical questions. For instance, how to take into account the longer term planning objectives while preparing the next five-year plan? How to incorporate climate change and other longer term issues in day-to-day implementation of water projects and programs? Do we know the water situation when considering future development of the country as well as climate change into account? How to engage multiple stakeholders? Do we have information services in place to inform people from local to national level while they are making their own plans and implementing them?read more
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