Deltas worldwide are attractive places for people to live. However, deltas worldwide are also vulnerable places, due to high risks related to overpopulation combined with natural calamities like floods and cyclones. The Delta Alliance, as knowledge oriented network, contributes actively to enhance resilience of deltas worldwide. Wageningen is co-founder of the Delta Alliance.
Characteristic of knowledge development in Wageningen is an integrated systems approach. Deltas is one of the cross cutting themes in the Wageningen water expertise, which focuses primarily on: 1. the water-food–ecosystem, or in other words “on the blue-green infrastructure for a healthy living environment”, 2. water in an urbanising world, amongst others in deltas, and 3. on the marine environment. Sustainable Water quality is an important cross-cutting issue in the above three water domains.
During the Wageningen Delta Seminar a brief overview is discussed of both the Delta Alliance and Wageningen’s delta related knowledge development – illustrated by some key research outcomes and identified knowledge gaps.