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-
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.
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
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.
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.
On August 31, a delegation of LGED spearheaded by Chief Engineer Mr. Md Abul Kalam Azad visited IHE Delft to discuss opportunities for collaboration on capacity development in water supply, sanitation and hydraulic engineering and flood resilience.
LGED is a public sector organization under the ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives. The prime mandate of LGED is to plan, develop and maintain local level rural, urban and small-scale water resources infrastructure throughout the country. Amongst others LGED provides technical and institutional support to strengthen the local government institutions and serving local communities and other stakeholders.
LGED has an important role to play in the implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100). During the visit ample attention has been paid to the mission and activities of DeltaCap and future collaboration with LGED particularly related to the capacity needs at local level. DeltaCap DeltaCap was represented by prof. Chris Zevenbergen (IHE) and Dr. Saskia Werner (WUR).
In joint effort between the DeltaCap project and the NWO-UDW project Strengthening strategic delta planning in Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Vietnam and beyond organized the training workshop Participatory Planning Tools for Strategic Delta Planning and Management in Khulna from 8 to 12 July at CSS Ava Centre.
In the training workshop 25 participants from the Khulna region were introduced to and applied participatory tools for delta planning, like participatory scenario development, delta envisioning support system, and MOTA-analysis. All this happened using a design charrette set-up, with Khulna and Shatkhira districts (the Southwestern coastal part of Bangladesh delta) as case study and for specific areas Tidal River Management (TRM) as a strategic option for development. On the first day the participants actively discussed the challenges and issues in the Southwestern delta of Bangladesh and were introduced to the concept of tidal river management (TRM), a possible strategic development option for the water logged areas in the delta.
The group visited on day 2 Beel Pakhimara in Tala, Shatkhira district, a beel were tidal river management (TRM) has been put in practice. The participants were able to ask local people about the impact of the project sofar and could observe what tidal river management means in practice. Although the project brings benefits like elevating and fertilizing the soil, issues in implementation remain: like continuous practice of shrimp culture unevenly distributes the silt in the beel, land owners are of the opinion that they do not receive sufficient compensation, people lost property and had to be relocated. The creation of tidal flood retention in the beel has also immediate impact on neighbouring beels and polder which due to the inlet of water in Beel Pakhimara have less issues of water logging and flooding. A strong message sent by the local water committee members was: tidal river management (TRM) is 20% technology and 80% socio-politics.
On day 3 the participants joined in the Tool sessions and developed scenarios, by downscaling the BDP2100 scenarios to the district level, and visions, and strategic plans for 2040. On day 4 we analysed the stakeholders in relation to the strategic choice in water and land management in beels: Tidal river management (TRM) Vs polder management. Using the MOTivations-Abilities analysis tool (MOTA) the participants assessed in a role play the motivations and abilities of various stakeholders towards both strategic options. The participants prepared a longer term plan for the Implementation of TRM and a voting session was arranged after the group presentation to identify which possible plan would get most support.
A final session was organized on day 5 and participants reflected on participation, the role of participatory tools, and implementing participatory planning activities. The participants shared experiences with each other on organizing and facilitating participatory planning activities and discussed together how one as a facilitator optimally support the planning activity. Besides Dr. Shah Alam also gave a briefing on DeltaCap project, Delta Centre and DeltaCap Apps to connect all trainees’s and follow up for in the future, building further capacity for implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan.