Seven new research projects Urbanising Deltas in the World

24 February 2014

WOTRO has recently awarded funding to seven proposals within the research programme Urbanising Deltas of the World. A total amount of 5.5 million euros will be invested in research that aims to increase water safety, food security and sustainable economic development in river deltas.

The seven projects focus on deltas and water related issues in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Mozambique. Each awarded consortium receives up to 750,000 euros for a research project of four to five years. Consortium members contribute between 5 to 25 percent of the total budget in-cash or in-kind. The exact amount of co-funding depends on the total budget that a consortium receives from NWO.

The awarded projects are listed below. To read a summary of a project, click on its title.

Shifting Grounds: Institutional transformation, enhancing knowledge and capacity to manage groundwater security in peri-urban Ganges delta systems

Research consortium led by Dr Leon Hermans (who replaces Prof. Wil Thissen) of Delft University of Technology. The other consortium members are: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Both ENDS, Jagrata Juba Shanga, SaciWATERs and The Researcher.

Rise and Fall: strategies for the subsiding and urbanising Mekong Delta (Vietnam) facing increasing salt water intrusion

Research consortium led by Prof. Piet Hoekstra of Utrecht University. The other consortium members are: Can Tho University, Deltares, Division of Water Resources Planning and Investigation for the South of Vietnam, Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO) and Southern Institute for Water Resources Research.

Strengthening strategic delta planning processes in Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Vietnam and beyond

Research consortium led by Dr Wim Douven of UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. The other consortium members are: Bangladesh University of Engeneering and Technology, Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Delft University of Technology, Deltares, IUCN Bangladesh, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Vietnam National University And Wageningen University.

Delta-MAR: Governance and hydrogeological prerequisites for sustainable water supply through MAR systems in urbanizing deltas, applied to Bangladesh

Research consortium led by Dr J. Groen, VU University Amsterdam. The other consortium members are: Acacia Water, Delft University of Technology, UNICEF-Bangladesh, University of Dhaka and Utrecht University.

Adaptive delta management: development, acculturation, and dissemination in Bangladesh and Indonesia

Research consortium led by Prof. Wil Thissen of Delft University of Technology. The other consortium members are: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services, Deltares, ITB Bandung, PUSAIR Bandung, University of Twente and Utrecht University.

Sustainable freshwater supply in urbanizing Maputo, Mozambique

Research consortium led by Dr Luuk Rietveld of Delft University of Technology. The other consortium members are: Fundo de Investimento e Património de Abastecimento de Água, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and Vitens Evides International.

"Hydro-Social Deltas": Understanding flows of water and people to improve policies and strategies for disaster risk reduction and sustainable development of delta areas in the Netherlands and Bangladesh 

Research consortium led by Dr Michelle Kooy of UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. The other consortium members are: Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, Deltares, Flood Hazard Research Centre and Wageningen University.

 

Source: NWO