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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 (https://www.bureauveritas.com/) 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 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.

Visit Chief Engineer, Mr. Mohammed Abul Kalam Azad, to IHE Delft

Visit Chief Engineer, Mr. Mohammed Abul Kalam Azad, to IHE Delft

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).

Meeting with Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury

Meeting with Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury

On 5 th August 2018, DeltaCAP team members discussed the Delta Centre with Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury, VC of
the University of Asia Pacific and Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of BDP2100 in the midst of.
other pressing issues (student protests). While considering himself as a not too active
player (you know, when you come towards sunset in a cricket match, you wind down playing, as you
know you have to stop soon), we benefitted a lot by listening to his carefully chosen words regarding the
Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 and a Delta Centre for training and knowledge dissemination. Prof. Choudhury mentioned
various points in which the development of BDP2100 was containing elements and concepts that are
new to the country, and which need time to land and be used. Capacity to do so needs to be created. In
his words, the advice is ‘gather and disseminate the knowledge on BDP2100’ as well as ‘use a
sustainable operational model to do so’.
In the picture, from right to left: Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga, WUR, Prof Jamilur Reza
Choudhury, UAP, Prof Shah Alam Khan, BUET, Kousik Ahmed, WUR/IWM.

WWA team will visit BD from 17-23 July, 2018

A team of World Water Academy (WWA), Netherlands, will visit Bangladesh from 17-23 July, 2018 on a mission to discuss possible business/operational models for a Delta Centre. Ms. Agnes Maenhout (Director, WWA) is going to lead the mission with a mission member, Mr. Johan Oost (Project Manager, WWA). The objectives of this mission are to analyse current practices of training centres in Bangladesh with similar scope in the same and/or other domains in relation to their operation/management structure, and business model, etc.); to know about the level of education of professionals working in the field of water management in Bangladesh with the (future) needs, demand aligned with supply (offerings of vocational trainings) and experiences with life-long learning; and to assess the sustainability of the Delta Centre in the longer term after the completion of DeltaCap Project (2016-2020) with an appropriate business model. Through this mission of the WWA team, Delta Centre is expected to be benefited as being a self-supportive Training Institute to share the knowledge and skills through development and delivery of trainings. As the parts of this mission, the WWA team will attend various meetings with the institutional focal points, partners, stakeholders, and implementing agencies, and will also visit several training centres in Dhaka.

Training workshop: Participatory planning tools for strategic delta planning and management

Training workshop: Participatory planning tools for strategic delta planning and management

Aim :

To bring together professionals the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, who play / or will play key roles in delta planning and make them aware of different types of planning approaches, identify feasible approaches and methods given the local contexts and share experiences.

The course includes practical assignment using the presented tool and a ‘training of trainers’ part and is jointly organized by the research project ‘Strategic Delta Management’, part of the Urbanizing Deltas of the World program, and the capacity building project DeltaCap.

Date and venue:

8-12 July 2018, at CSS, Khulna.

More information:

J.evers@un-ihe.org

SDM/UDW project  and DeltaCap

Participatory Development of Information Services for Farmers in Peri-Urban Khulna, Bangladesh

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.

PICSA Workshop participants at Raingamari Village, Batiaghata, Khulna.

 

This article was written by Uthpal Kumar and Saskia Werners on May 6, 2018.