Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 Dec 2014

Challenges and Approaches in Delta Planning and Management workshop

From 19 to 23 October 2014, UNESCO-IHE organized a five-day regional training workshop on Challenges and Approaches in Delta Planning and Management, Sharing experiences from SE Asian Deltas and the Rhine-Meuse Delta.

This workshop, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was organized in cooperation with CEGIS (Bangladesh), WACC-VNU (Vietnam), Wageningen UR (the Netherlands), and the Delta Alliance. 

The workshop was opened with a high level plenary seminar, attended by over 150 people from the Bangladesh water sector. Key note speeches included those by Engr. Md Waji Ullah (Executive Director of CEGIS), Martine van Hoogstraten (Charge d’Affaires of the Netherlands Embassy), Zafar Ahmed Khan (Water Resource Secretary), Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud (Water Resource Minister), Muhammad Nazrul Islam (State Minister for Water Resource), and Wim Douven (UNESCO-IHE). 

During the training workshop, 39 participants from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, and Vietnam shared ideas and insights on the challenges faced by the various deltas. They worked on assessing various development proposals within the Mekong delta by using the MOTA approach in groups. The participants had to rethink and balance MOTivations (goals and interests) and Abilities (financial, social, and institutional) in order to assess the likelihood of successful implementation. 

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