CORE Bangladesh: COmmunity REsilience through rapid prototyping of flood proofing technologies

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.

Project presentation UDW-II Kick-off meeting at 9 May 2016


The effectiveness of flood-risk management in The Netherlands depends on effective stakeholder coordination through governance arrangements developed over many years of coping with floods. In this research project, we will repeat this process on a shortened time scale, and aim to develop coordinating capabilities in flood-risk management for the urban poor in a developing country. We will initiate and support community-based innovation, development, production, and implementation of small-scale technical innovations that alleviate immediate flood-related nuisance ('wet feet') in a town in Bangladesh, with the aim to increase coordinating capacity for flood risk management and focus this emerging governance capacity on developing ever longer term, severer risks, increasing scale and more sustainable solution for flood risk management. Our research in this Learning Space addresses a major knowledge gap on how community based flood mitigation and adaptation measures both technological and institutional develop into 'measures of scale'. This will enhance flood resiliency through demonstration and subsequent development of knowledge co-creation in collaboration with local partners and ultimately integration in flood management policies.


Project number

W 07.69.203

Main applicant

Prof. C. Zevenbergen

Affiliated with

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Team members

H.A.M. Hakvoort MSc, Prof. dr. ir. M. Kok, Prof. dr. M. Shah Alam Khan, W. Veerbeek MSc, Prof. C. Zevenbergen