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 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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.