Delta Alliance is an international knowledge-driven network organisation with the mission of improving the resilience of the world’s deltas. With increasing pressure from population growth, industrialisation and a changing climate, it is more important than ever that these valuable and vulnerable locations increase their resilience to changing conditions. Delta Alliance brings people together who live and work in deltas. They can benefit from each other’s experience and expertise and as such contribute to an increased resilience of their delta region.
River deltas regions may be considered some of the wealthiest places in the world, drawing large populations with their rich environmental resources and strong economic potentials; they are hubs of innovation, biodiversity, industrial and agricultural productivity, and home to some of the world’s fastest growing cities. Delta regions are also some of the most highly stressed areas in the world, with great competition for land and water use, and experiencing impacts from all activities occurring in the river basin. Natural characteristics of river deltas make them vulnerable to complex problems such as flooding, subsidence, and salt water intrusion. Human impacts increase their vulnerable by reducing natural resilience, introduce additional problems, and devastate vital ecosystems. Both natural and human-built capital are at risk in river delta regions, making their protection essential.
The Delta Alliance has 18 network wings in which activities are focused:
- Argentina, Parana Delta
- Bangladesh, Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta
- Brazil, Pantanal Delta
- China, Yangtze Delta
- China, Yellow river Delta
- Egypt, Nile Delta
- Ghana, Volta Delta
- Indonesia, Ciliwung and Mahakam Deltas
- Kenya, Tana Delta
- Mozambique, Zambezi Delta
- Myanmar, Ayeyarwady Delta
- Netherlands, Rhine-Meuse Delta
- Spain, Ebro Delta
- Taiwan, Keelung-Lenyeng-Choshuichi-Gaoping Deltas
- USA, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
- USA, Louisiana: Mississippi Delta
- Vietnam, Mekong Delta
- Vietnam, Red River Delta
The International Secretariat of the Delta Alliance is based in the Netherlands at Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra).