Information services, such as weather forecasts or forecasts of water levels, can help farmers and other water users to manage water resources and take farm decisions. Smallholder farming communities in peri-urban Khulna are highly vulnerable to hydro-climatic disasters caused by climate change and unplanned urbanization. While available information and technology could help farmers by taking informed decisions, the peri-urban farming communities of Khulna still lack access to weather and water related information services well in advance and meaningful way. To fulfil this gap, Waterapps Project (www.waterapps.net) funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), started research initiative on ‘Participatory Development of Information Services’ with and for farmers in peri-urban Khulna, Bangladesh.
To date Waterapps Project organized several multi-stakeholders workshops in Khulna to bridge gaps between service developers and service providers including intermediaries from the idea of collaborative learning by doing approach of participatory action research. The Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA) Workshop held in Khulna on 6th May 2018. The Workshop jointly organized by the University of Khulna, CIMMYT, Reading University, the DeltaCAP (www.deltacapproject.net) and WaterApps (www.waterapps.net) Projects. In the workshop service developers, service providers and researchers joined together to explore existing farming practices of smallholder farmers in peri-urban Khulna, and to understand information needs for better agricultural decisions in the context of climate change and urbanisation. This workshop held from an early inspiration of PICSA for Bangladesh. This workshop also bridge an important gap among researchers team currently working for Participatory Climate Service Development in Bangladesh.
This article was written by Uthpal Kumar and Saskia Werners on May 6, 2018.
Prof Umme Kulsum Navera of the Department of Water Resources Engineering, BUET, Bangladesh, traveled to the Netherlands early April to participate as a member of the promotion committee of Rumana Hossain, who successfully defended her PhD thesis ‘Impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems of Bangladesh’ at Wageningen University.
During this brief visit, Prof Navera took the opportunity to meet some prominent researchers in the water sector at Wageningen University and also visited recent water management improvements for the river Rijn/Waal at the city of Nijmegen, near Lent and in the Ooijpolder, all part of the ‘Room for the River’ program
After visiting the project she expressed her feelings: ‘I find it interesting to see and learn how in the Netherlands people work and live with water and climate change. Based on our own experience and inspired with new knowledge, we can work out how to face the challenges for improvements in our delta country Bangladesh’.
“Lessons for flood risk management from resilience framing in the Netherlands and Bangladesh” was an innovative workweek workshop conducted in the Netherlands under a WOTRO funded project from February 10-18, 2018. Nine young professionals from Bangladesh (junior staff of NGOs and universities) and nine advanced BSc and MSc students from the Netherlands participated in this creative and highly interactive project. From the DeltaCap project member (BCAS & WUR-POD, IWM) 3 young professionals also participate in the workshop. The aim of the group work is to find differences and similarities in resilience in the domain of water management in The Netherlands (NL) and Bangladesh (BD), and to formulate recommendations from this comparison on how we can continue to live in these locations in the longer term (100-500 years).
The ‘Hydro-Social Delta’ project is one of NWO’s projects from the ‘Urbanizing Deltas of the World’ program. They address the question of how municipalities and water boards can ‘land’ the concept of ‘resilience’ of a city – for example, after a flood – in reality. NWO has opted for the exchange project for Dordrecht because Dordrecht is leading the way in innovative thinking and doing in the field of water management. The second question is: can we apply the lessons from one situation to a situation elsewhere in the world? The aim of the project is also to teach students to ask critical questions, so that they dare to question assumptions and have the flexibility to possibly revise their own starting points. Participants were split into 3 groups with mixed disciplinary backgrounds and mixed nationalities. Each group work through the given questions on the Definition of flood resilience and assessment framework independently, in an iterative way. The assessment framework consists of the technical FRM system, physical system, social system (society, political, economic and institutional). Based on the field trip observation (excursion tour of Dordrecht & surrounding area on FRM approaches, Biesbosch museum Werkendam polder Noordwaard, Delta works), discussion with community people of Dordtrect city and sharing flood experience of Dhaka city, Bangladesh each group prepared presentation of their own work for the closure event on Friday 16 February PM.
Bangladesh Ambassador was present during the final presentation and was pleased to see deeper thinking and creative search for common grounds between our two countries and innovative solutions for areas where differences are hard to bridge. Deputy Mayor of Dordrecht and other academics from Wageningen UR, IHE Delft and others were present as panellists.
Professor Anna Wesselink was the moderator of the event and supervisor of this innovative project.
The ‘Workshop on Information Services for Participatory Water Management’ in Peri-Urban Khulna was jointly organized by the DeltaCAP (www.deltacapproject.net) and WaterApps (www.waterapps.net) projects from 27-29th November, 2017. The venue of the workshop was CSS AVA centre and Khulna University. In the 2nd day of the workshop there was a field visit in 2 areas of Rupsha and Batiaghata Upazila of Khulna.
Information services, such as weather forecasts or forecasts of water levels, can help farmers and other water users to manage water resources and take farm decisions.
The workshop aims to understand:
- How can we develop information services that matter to people?
- Is training on participatory development and use of water and climate information a capacity you want to develop in your organisation?
The workshop has a dual objective:
- With farmers and agriculture officers: What are information needs? Progress towards the participatory development of climate services and capacity in Botiaghata and Rupsha sub-district.
- With service providers (water & climate data and extension): how can we develop information services that matter to people? Is training on participatory development and / or use of climate services a capacity you want to develop in your organisation?
The workshop was conducted as learning-by-doing approach by engaging potential service providers and service receivers, to co-develop these services. The approach of the work has a challenge of providing hydro-climatic information services to farmers and water managers in peri-urban Khulna. Examples of such information are weather forecasts, seasonal forecasts, and forecasts of water levels and salinity in support of on-farm decisions. By starting from this example, the outcome of this workshop is to 1) assess the interest of information service providers, such DAE, BMD, BWDB, LGED, research institutes and NGOs, to provide these information services to their partners and constituents, and 2) build capacity with these organisation to do so if desired. The choice to focus on hydro-climatic information services will be evaluated after one year, after which other services can be proposed.
To become a member of the DeltaCap network is free. The DeltaCap projects aims to support the capacity development required for putting the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, expected to be approved shortly, on the ground.
An important feature of DeltaCap is it’s flexible programming: every year the capacity development activities will be evaluated and further defined and detailed via an iterative process of consultation and learning. Your active participation in the DeltaCap network will be crucial for this process of joint exploration of the actual and future capacity development needs.
Participation in the DeltaCap network is open to professionals from governmental organizations, universities, scientific research institutes, civil society organizations, private companies and science-oriented foundations that have an interest in the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.
To join the DeltaCap Network you are invited to download the DeltaCap App and fill out the form (it will only take 10 minutes of your time) in the mobile application (see back side for instructions to install the app). Being a member of the DeltaCap network means that you have access to the dashboard of DeltaCap, which provides actual and detailed information on the capacity development needs and progress. You will also receive the latest information about DeltaCap, like trainings being organized.
The DeltaCapp App can be downloaded from:
http://deltacap.mpower-social.com:5001/usermodule/login/?next=/. For more information on DeltaCap please go to https://deltacapproject.net/. For technical questions regarding the app please send your questions to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact them or any other DeltaCAP team member to obtain a user ID and password.
 DeltaCap is financed by the Government of the Netherlands and by a partnership of knowledge institutions in Bangladesh and The Netherlands. DeltaCap has started in 2016 and will end in 2020.
How to install the App?
To download the DeltaCap App to your Android smartphone, you use the following steps:
Step 1: Go to the App store.
Step 2: Download the DeltaCap_apk file on your Android based smart phone.
Step 3: Tap on the downloaded Delta Cap application.
Step 4: Then click on settings.
Step 5: Then click and TAP ON Unknown Sources (Since it is not google Play Store) and click on ok.
Step 6: After that, click on next.
Step 7: Then click on install.
Step 8: The confirmation of DeltaCap Installation will be appeared on the mobile screen.
Step 9: Then search “DeltaCap” ICON in mobile wallpaper and click on it.
Step 10: Then please insert user ID: <> and Password: <>
Step 11: Tap on “New” option
Step 12: Tap on “Delta Monitoring and Evaluation Form”.
Step 13: Swipe the screen from right to left.
Step 14: Complete the form
After completing the form please click on “Save Form and Exit”. To send the data, please click on “Send Data” option and tap on the “Delta Monitoring and Evaluation Form” and then click on “Get Selected”. Now your data has been successfully sent.
You can also fill out the form through the Web Based DeltaCap Data Form. For that, please go to the link http://deltacap.mpower-social.com:5001/usermodule/login/?next=/.
Input user info: user ID and password. To input data please click on “New Submission”. The Web Based form will appear on the screen.
For any technical questions regarding the app please contact Mousumi Ansari of the DeltaCap team, Assistant Project Manager at mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. Contact No: 01964435653, e-mail: email@example.com.
Looking forward to be in touch!
The Institute of Water Modelling and partners of Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing organized a seminar on Adaptive Delta Management: Bangladesh Perspective on 2 May 2017 at WARPO Conference Room, Dhaka. Prof. Dr. M. Monowar Hossain, Executive Director, IWM chaired the seminar.
The main objective of this workshop was to share information and receive feedback on the background, objective, setup and outline of the planned activities under the DeltaCap project.
Speakers of the inaugural session, chaired by Mr. Md. Jahangir Kabir, Director General BWDB, were Prof.Dr. Saiful Islam, Honorable Vice ChancellorBUET, Prof.Dr. Chris Zevenbergen, Chair Flood Resilience Core Group, UNESCO-IHE, Dr. Mashfiqus Salehin, Director IWFM BUET and Dr. Ataur Rahman, Head WRE BUET.
A technical session was held, chaired by Mr. Abu Saleh Khan, Deputy Executive Director, IWM. Key issues of this session were Sustainable Delta Management Centre, Measuring Impact DeltaCap, and Development Trainings, presentations by Prof.Dr. Shah Alam Khan, BUET, Mr. Hasib Ahsan, M. Power and Ms. Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Wageningen Environmental Research.
Venue: Council Building, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
On 16th of January 2017, DeltaCap will hold the project inception workshop. The event will be participated by a broad range of professional, academic and community stakeholders related to the Bangladesh Delta Plan. The goals of this event are to share information and receive feedback on the background, objective, setup and outline of the planned activities under the DeltaCap project.
9.30 – Registration
Will be chaired by Mr. Md. Jahangir Kabir, Director General, BWDB
10.00 – Welcome Address by Director, IWFM, BUET
10.05 – Overview of DeltaCap project by Prof. Chris Zevenbergen, Lead, DeltaCap Project
10.30 – Inaugural Address by Vice Chancellor, BUET
10.40 – Session Closing Address by Chairperson, DG, BWDB
10.50 – Vote of Thanks by Head, WRE, BUET
11.00 – Tea
Will be chaired by Mr. Abu Saleh Khan, Deputy Executive Director (Opn), IWM
11.15 – Sustainable Delta Management Centre by Prof. Shah Alam Khan, IWFM, BUET
11.30 – Measuring impact DeltaCap: demonstration M&E tool by Mr. Hasib Ahsan, mPower
11.45 – Development of training by Ms. Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Wageningen UR
12.00 – Group discussions
12.45 – Plenary reporting and discussion
13.30 – Closure by Chairperson, DED (Opn), IWM
13.40 – Lunch