Sustainable Cities, Urban Water System, Climate Change and How Corporations can join in

Sustainable Cities, Urban Water System, Climate Change and How Corporations can join in

Assela Pathirana was invited by Bureau Veritas ( Bangladesh to deliver a seminar to its management team on the topic of adaptive planning. The title of the seminar was “Sustainable Cities, Urban Water System, Climate Change and How Corporations can join in”

The seminar held on 09 September 2019 at the board room of Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services (BVCPS), Dhaka office, covered the following topics:

  1. The current water management challenges in the world and Bangladesh
  2. Adaptive planning as a solution for rapid changes in the water and Deltaic systems
  3. How Corporations can be a part of the solutions for future water challenges.

Among the services provided by BVCPS to client companies are Sustainability solutions and Corporate Social Responsibility management. In this context some collaborative opportunities like using CSR initiatives to open up new opportunities to support sustainable water solutions like the following were discussed: 

  1. Create pilot projects on (urban) green solutions (e.g. Sustainable Drainage Systems)
  2. Helping companies to address sustainability issues in the context of adaptive delta management.
  3. Collaborate on helping corporate sector in Bangladesh to improve sustainable water and environment management practices. 
Workshop: Decentralized Data Acquisition Techniques (DDAT) for Adaptive Delta Management

Workshop: Decentralized Data Acquisition Techniques (DDAT) for Adaptive Delta Management

12 September 2019, LGED Training room

We live in a rapidly changing world. Managing complex adaptive systems like Deltas in this context needs continuous monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of external influences on the systems, internal changes, and impacts of different interventions. Continuous data acquisition is an essential part of these M&E activities. However, environmental data acquisition is expensive, time consuming and effortful. In many developing countries – where the drivers and systems are changing most swiftly requiring continuous data acquisition – have severe limitation in deploying formal data acquisition systems (Water quantity and quality, environmental monitoring, geophysical and geographical data, etc.). There are a number of informal, non-traditional data acquisition systems that are showing promise in augmenting the limited data of traditional monitoring networks. These include: UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) surveys, low-cost sensor networks and the approaches and techniques are collectively known as citizen-science.
 A small scale drone survey has allowed to create a centimetre level accurate digital elevation map (DEM) for this study area. The DEM was used as a basis for a 2-dimentional flood inundation model.
Citizen science allows anyone, anywhere, can participate in meaningful scientific research. (source: NOAA)
The goal of this workshop is to share practical information on such decentralized data acquisition techniques. We offer a mix of interactive presentations, discussions and hands-on training packaged into a one day training workshop. Following are the objectives of this one day workshop:
1. Discuss the broader context of M&E for adaptive delta management and how DDAT fits into that
2. Share the experiences with using UAV for geographical and object data acquisition together with hands-on
3. Explore the opportunities of using low-cost sensor networks for environmental data acquisition with case studies.
4. Share experience and expertise on citizen-science applications in relations to adaptive delta management.
5. Discover appropriate applications for these methods and technologies in the context of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.


09:00-09:30 – Registration

9:30-10:15 – Introduction to DDAT  

10:15-11:00 – The broad context of DDAT

11:00-11:15 – Break

11:15-12:00 – Environmental monitoring with low-cost sensors

12:00-12:45 – Introduction to UAV surveying and data processing

12:45-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 – UAV demonstration

15:00-16:00 – Citizen Science

16:00-16:45 – Panel discussion

16:45-17:00 – Closure



Dr. Assela Pathirana – Associate Professor of integrated urban water cycle management, IHE-Delft Institute for water education.
Assela Pathirana (1969) is a Civil Engineer and hydrologist originating from Sri Lanka. He currently leads the research programme on Water Sensitive Cities of the Flood Resilience Core Group (FRG). In this context, he is engaged in multi-disciplinary research programme that involves water quantity and quality aspects, sanitation issues as well as societal and economic aspects of urban and peri-urban development.   He has published some 55 internatinoal journal publications that has been collectively cited more than 1750 times. In addition he has co-authored a book on “Impacts of Climate Change on Rainfall Extremes and Urban Drainage Systems” in 2012 (IWA publishing) and co-edited three books.
Assela is an expert on urban flood modelling and uses his experience on data acquisition related to flood hazard and risk management to contribute to this training.

Dr. Willem Veerbeek – Senior Lecturer,  IHE-Delft Institute for water education.

William Veerbeek (1970) studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology and artificial intelligence at the VU University Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD from Unesco IHE-Delft on the topic of urban growth driven future flood risk. He worked extensively in megacities like Beijing, Dhaka and Mumbai where his work focused on the development of long term urban growth projections and subsequent changes in disaster risk. Strengthening IHE’s mission in capacity development, Dr. Veerbeek has been training many cities in climate adaption, especially in Southeast Asia.

William is an expert on urban climate adaptation and has extensive experience in Bangladesh both at local and national levels dealing with the topic.

MOOC On Adaptive Delta Management – Launching Ceremony

MOOC On Adaptive Delta Management – Launching Ceremony

We are excited to announce the public opening of the MOOC on Adaptive Delta Management Developed by DeltaCap project.

A free & online course on (climate) information services to support planning and decision-making in context of the BDP2100. 

The course reaches out to a diverse audience: including planning and water management agencies, consultancy companies, researchers, policy-makers and students. The course is rather broad than in-depth in nature. It provides an introduction to the available Climate Information Services in Bangladesh, the principles of Adaptive Delta Management and the goals of the BDP2100. This will allow course students to reflect on how climate information services may support their own work, to achieve a climate robust Bangladesh.The objective of the course is:

To support the adoption of a long-term and integral perspective in spatial planning and water management in the implementation of the BDP2100 by using climate information services. This is done by explaining and demonstrating how climate information services can be used for (1) acquiring, assessing and tailoring climate data for a specific use case, (2) communicating climate information to different stakeholders, and (3) using climate information in a decision-making context to drive policy and action in context of the BDP2100 and ADM.

Official Launching of the Course

When: Thursday 12th September 2019 at 12:30 pm

Where: Bangladesh Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO)

Address: WARPO Bhaban, 72, Green Road,  Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh.


After successful completion of the lessons, students will be awarded with a certificate.

How to follow the course for FREE!!!

  1.  Go to the course   Click Here
  2. Click the button “Create new account”
  3. Fill in the information for the new account including a username, a password, and your email.
  4. You will receive an email. Click on the confirmation link in that email.
  5. Click “Enroll me”.
  6. Now you can start learning. We suggest you start with the section “Course Instructions”.  GOOD LUCK!

Training on “Adaptive Delta Management & Design and Execution of ToT”

From 8 to 10 July a training has been given by DeltaCAP at LGED training center on Adaptive Delta Management and Train the Trainers principles. The participants (25pp) consisted predominantly of young and mid-career technical staff from LGED, GED, BWBD, and IWM. The learning objectives of this training were two-fold. The first objective was to introduce to the participants the principles and practical application of ADM (tools, context, limitations). The second objective was to equip the participants with knowledge of the didactical principles (referred to as the 7 key principles of Train the Trainers) required to design an outline of training. During the training, attention has also been paid to the development of social skills (such as active listening) needed to enhance the participants capacity to become effective teachers. At the closure of the training Md. Khalilur Rahman Chief Engineer, LGED gave a short lecture in which he emphasized the needs to capacitate LGED engineers on Adaptive delta management and planning. He also mentions that for the longer-term sustainability of infrastructure’s that LGED made need to be aligned with the BDP2100. This kind of training course is helpful for our staff as they need to be able to incorporate ADM in their day to day work. Finally, he handed over the certificates to the participants.

The lecturers of this training consisted of Prof. Chris Zevenbergen, IHE Delft; Prof. M. Shah Alam Khan, IWFM BUET; Dr. Umme Kulsum Navera, DWRE, BUET and Sara Nowreen, IWFM BUET.     

During the training, the DeltaCAP App has been presented and the participants downloaded this app on their smartphone. The DeltaCAP city App aims to both assess the training needs of the stakeholders of BDP2100 and to timely inform the DeltaCAP family members about the offering of relevant training programs.

The evaluation of the training revealed that the participants valued the training as very useful and inspiring. They also indicated that the 3 days training was too short to pay sufficient attention to the practical knowledge of ADM (practical relevance and implications).