Wageningen University & Research in Bangladesh: climate change, water and food security

Bangladesh is a dynamic delta, in which fighting poverty and economic development go hand in hand with fighting population pressure and climate variability and change challenges. To provide insight in complex delta planning and management related topics, Wageningen University & Research works closely together with various partners in Bangladesh in a number of research and capacity development projects. The central theme of the activities is climate change, water and food security.

Activities include:

  1. HI-AWARE project develops robust evidence on how to enhance the adaptive capacities and climate resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the mountains and floodplains of the glacier and snowpack dependent river basins of South Asia. HI-AWARE project flyer
  2. Delta Plan Preparatory Team, and Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (Formulation Team). More information on the Bangladesh Delta Plan www.bangladeshdeltaplan.org.
    > Read more (in Dutch) in the article of Jelmer Mommers, Correspondent Klimaat & Energie, 'Hoe Nederland het overstromende Bangladesh opnieuw wil redden van het water' (translated: How the Netherlands will once again save Bangladesh from flooding)
  3. Delta Ateliers, Touch Table application and the Delta Atlas: Geo-spatial participatory planning tools to support the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. More information on the Delta Atlas and Climate Adaptation Services (CAS), a spin-off of Wageningen UR, can be found on the CAS website.
  4. Collaboration with the Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing
  5. Scenario Development on IWRM at BUET, BAU, WARPO and CEGIS (NICHE/BGD/155)
  6. Integrated Knowledge on Water-Food-Water (NICHE/BGD/156), where a new International Centre on Food Security is established at Bangladesh Agricultural University
  7. IMPACT2C research on climate change and water – case study Bangladesh
  8. NWO/Dynamic Deltas research
  9. Capacity Development on Adaptation and Disaster Management in the water sector related to climate change (NICHE/BGD/85)
  10. Shells to combat erosion – building with nature, Ecobas pilot research project
  11. Workshop 'Delta Planning and Management', held in Myanmar. Next one scheduled in Bangladesh, 19-23 October, 2014
  12. Member of the Steering Committee of Gobeshona, a platform for research on climate change in Bangladesh
  13. DeltaCap: Contributing to Bangladesh’s capacity to deliver its Delta Plan; the DeltaCap inception workshop in Bangladesh was held on 16 January 2017

CALM research in India
Drought, waterlogging and salinity are typical problems facing agriculture in India. Each year it affects millions of hectares of land, leading to decreased yields in rice, wheat and other crops. Climate change is expected to increase the pressure on available land and water resources. CALM team researchers, together with colleagues at various Indian institutes, are trying to find tailor-made solutions to these problems.