Online course on Climate Information Services ready for testing

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: eva@climateadaptationservices.com.


Figure 1: Modules of the online course

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:

  1. Introduction to the BDP2100 and Climate Services
  2. Data and Information sources
  3. Communication and Visualization
  4. Policy and Action


Figure 2: Interview with Dr. Shamsul Alam on the Importance of the BDP2100 for Bangladesh

Workshop on Design and Execution of a ToT

Workshop on Design and Execution of a ToT

For implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, capacity development is required for Bangladeshi professionals working on delta management. They need to be aware of and conversant with new concepts like delta planning, adaptive delta management, longer term planning, scenario analysis, information services, etc. In addition, they increasingly need to communicate about these concepts, as well as to equip other professionals with the skills needed to address these concepts in their work. Previously, government staff has already received training on the use of these concepts, with the next step focused on enhancing their skills on how to prepare and deliver effective training themselves.

In this regard,Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) on behalf of Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing (DABW) organized a daylong Workshop on Design and Execution of a ToT on December 6, 2018 at the training room of Institute of Water Modelling, DOHS Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh under DeltaCap project. This workshop echoed the emerging concern on how to design and execute a Training of Trainers (ToT) course for Bengali water professionals. 19 participants from BWDB, LGED, CEGIS, WARPO and IWM institutions operating in the water sector attended the workshop. ToT participants shared practical experiences, and discussed enthusiastically about how to deliver training sessions. The objectives of this daylong workshop were to-

  1. Learn participants to formulate the outline of a training or workshop themselves, using the triangle method (learning objectives, method, and assessment) linking to the topic of the training or workshop.
  2. Provide participants with the opportunity to practice facilitating an interactive discussion.

Prof. Chris Zevenbergen (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education), director of the DeltaCap project and Prof Shah Alam Khan (IWFM, BUET), coordinator of the Delta Centre (WP 2) jointly conducted the training session. The session was conducted in five steps-

Step 1: Inventory, learning & teaching (discussion), experience and expectations of participants.

Step 2: Training Triangle (didactics theory), addressing learning objectives, teaching and learning activities, and finally assessment.

Step 3: Facilitating an interactive discussion (skills practice). Participants facilitate a discussion on an Adaptive Delta Management (ADM) topic.

Step 4: Plan for training (exercise), in teams of 2 persons.

Step 5: Presentation teams and feedback,including evaluation and reflection.

Before closure of the workshop, the participants were awarded with certificates. Prof. Dr. M. Monowar Hossain (Executive Director, Institute of Water Modelling & Coordinator of the Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing (DABW)) was present in the ceremony. He requested the participants to apply the knowledge in their own organization, to share what they have gained from this workshop. In return, participants promised to provide feedback on the training in the coming time.

Report on the training workshop held in Khulna

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.

Appointment with Prof Shah Alam/WMKIP

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.