Adaptive delta management for resilient food systems - Position paper

Terwisscha van Scheltinga, C.T.H.M.; Timmerman, J.G.


Deltas are worldwide known for land and water interactions, be it nature, or be it their important contributions to agricultural production. Attractive for settlements, urbanization in deltas also has a downside effect: the characteristics that make deltas attractive, also make them vulnerable, which is exacerbated by climate change. Soil subsidence, increased salinity, risk of flooding and droughts make the food system vulnerable and creates uncertainties for thefuture. Adaptive delta management is used as an approach to deal with uncertainties and longer-termplanning issues. This paper explores how adaptive delta management can contribute tothe necessary transformations to enhance resilience of the food systemand provides a framework to support this process.