The relationships and linkages among the Work Packages (WP) of DeltaCap were decided in the Kick-off meeting in October 2016. The Centre (WP2) was foreseen to be an ongoing activity evolving with the progress of the project. It is anticipated that the centre’s activities and functions will be further defined during the inception phase as other WPs identify their needs.
The Sustainable Delta Management Centre (SDMC) will evolve as a closely-linked cluster of several physical/virtual hubs. These hubs will have their own facilities and capacities for capacity-building, and will address the relevant areas of capacity-building and training needs identified by the WPs. A coordinating hub, based at a well-established knowledge institution, will have functional linkages with other hubs (e.g. BUET, IWM, BWDB Training Centre, DUET, CUET), virtual hubs (training provider institutions with specific capacities), and mobile facilities (for local level dissemination and awareness). Other virtual hubs (e.g. business cases/training product delivery enterprises) can be developed during the project.
The cluster will function collectively to achieve the main goal of the project, i.e. strengthening vocational/professional education and training capacities in Bangladesh for sustainable delta management and participatory water management. The activities of the centre will focus on capacity building and curriculum development in the following four threads:
1. Sustainable Delta Management: longer term planning and integrated assessment
2. Sustainable Delta Management: innovative collaboration/multi-stakeholder involvement
3. Participatory Water Management: information services at local level
4. Information services for Sustainable Delta Management
During the project period, the cluster of hubs will be established as an integrated and self-sustaining multi-disciplinary centre for capacity development and advancement of knowledge for sustainable delta management and participatory water management. Embedded and integrated into the respective institutional systems of the partners, the Centre will be able to continue its national and global activities even beyond the project life time.
Present Capacities of the Partners
Capacity at BUET
BUET has a longstanding capacity for design and delivery of training programmes, curriculum development, and knowledge generation and dissemination in the areas relevant to the project. Existing physical facilities, logistics and administrative support at BUET will be useful for efficient delivery and management of the trainings.
More specifically, BUET has the following capacities:
1. Coordination, design and delivery of the trainings
2. Coordination of knowledge dissemination at various levels
3. Curriculum development
4. Knowledge generation (research/synthesis)
Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) has an interdisciplinary faculty strength covering a broad range of fields such as integrated, participatory and adaptive water management; delta planning and management; socio-economic analysis; climate modelling; water resources modelling; gender analysis; and disaster management. Ongoing collaborative research projects at IWFM include projects in the Urbanising Deltas of the World Programme of NWO such as Adaptive Delta Management, CORE Bangladesh and Living Polders. Other delta-focused research projects at IWFM include ESPA Delta and Dynamic Deltas. All these projects directly or indirectly address the goals of BDP2100, and are closely linked with the plan formulation activities.
Department of Water Resources Engineering (DWRE) educates future professionals to tackle the challenging engineering problems related to water resources planning, management and development. The department has advanced physical modelling facilities, and state of the art mathematical modelling capability and programming tools. The department is committed to generate new knowledge through research, and develop appropriate curricula for teaching and training. DWRE also conducts continuing education and outreach programmes, and has academic linkage with several universities. The faculty members of DWRE are actively involved with the BDP2100 process and several projects in the Nuffic NICHE and Urbanising Deltas of the World Programmes.
International Training Network (ITN) Centre of BUET plays an important role in developing a capable human resource base in the area of water and environmental sanitation, through training and research. It strives for expansion of knowledge base through networking. It has been successfully playing the bridging role between ‘academic & research institutions’ and ‘management & implementing organizations’. ITN-BUET works closely with Government organizations, International and Local NGOs, and development partners. ITN-BUET is currently the ‘national centre’ for South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub, a technical assistance project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Bangladesh Government. ITN-BUET has state of the art training facilities (including facilities for on-line delivery of courses) and a pool of resource persons, from both within and outside BUET, for effective delivery of trainings in diverse areas.
M. Shah Alam Khan
Work Package 2 Leader
Professor, IWFM, BUET,
Abu Saleh Khan