Six integrated research projects granted in the Urbanising Deltas of the World programme

15 November 2015

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development granted six projects as part of the second call for proposals within the Urbanising Deltas of the World Programme. The projects cover a variety of innovative approaches towards challenges in delta areas in Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, and Ghana. The projects in in the second call specifically target cooperation between researchers and businesses, with partners from the Netherlands and the water partner countries of Dutch Development cooperation. The UDW programme is a joint activity of NWO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aligned to the topsector Water.

Photo by Eric Baran, 2011, Flickr CC

The following projects will receive funding

Living polders: dynamic polder management for sustainable livelihoods, applied to Bangladesh 
Dr F.S.J. van Laerhoven - Utrecht University
This project aims to develop a decision support model for the management of ‘living polders’, in which controlled flooding and sedimentation (Tidal River Management, TRM) allow the land surface level to keep up with sea level rise. The research focusses on the Bangladesh delta, but also includes an evaluation of the ‘worldwide potential’ of the concept.
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Integrated and Sustainable Port Development in Ghana within an African Context
Prof. T. Vellinga – Delft University of Technology
This project aims to develop an inclusive and participatory framework and tools for the design of integrated and sustainable ports in Africa, by focusing on the Ghanaian port of Tema as a pilot project.
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ENabling susTainable Industrial development in Vietnamese delta's: REducing, recycling and multi-sourcing industrial water (ENTIRE)
Prof. H.H.M. Rijnaarts – Wageningen University
This project aims to optimize industrial fresh water use in the Mekong delta by developing a technological and governance framework, through piloting in three existing industrial zones, and building a decision support model that can also be used in other deltas.
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Community REsilience through rapid prototyping of flood proofing technologies (CORE Bangladesh)
Prof. C. Zevenbergen - UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
This project aims to develop prototypes of community-based flood mitigation and adaptation measures in specific case-study towns/neighborhoods (so-called Learning Spaces) in the Bangladesh delta, and to develop a framework for up-scaling and integration these measures into larger flood-risk mitigation schemes.
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An integrative approach for smart small-scale piped water supply in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta (DELTAP)
Dr D. van Halem – Delft University of Technology
This project aims to reduce arsenic contaminant exposure of drinking water for households by combining in-house Small-scale Piped Water Supply and active end-user participation through mobile crowd participation (MCP) in ‘Do it yourself laboratories’ in India and Bangladesh.
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Water information services for sustainable food production in peri-urban delta areas in Ghana and Bangladesh (Waterapps)
Dr E.J.J. van Slobbe – Wageningen University
This project aims to develop tailored water availability forecast information services with and for farmers in in peri-urban areas in the urbanizing deltas of Accra, Ghana and Khulna, Bangladesh, through engaging them in knowledge sharing platforms and virtual communities.
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Source: NWO