Hydro-Social Deltas

Project page: http://hydro-social-deltas.unesco-ihe.org/

The Hydro-Social Deltas research project seeks to understand the dynamic interplay between hydrological processes (flooding, riverbank erosion, waterlogging) and social processes (demographic shifts, urbanization processes, governance) in the urbanizing delta of Bangladesh and the urbanized delta of the Netherlands.

Obvious differences aside, both countries are involved in long-term climate change-induced system planning in dynamic deltas. The advanced understanding of hydro-social interactions will support policies and strategies for disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. Click here for a short introduction.

Notably, we aim to help:

  • shift existing simplifying policy discourse on climate induced displacement or migration (‘climate refugees’) and negative perceptions of urban migration as related to poverty and crime;
  • improve the implementation and coordination between existing policies;
    reduce vulnerability for migrants and support sustainable pro-poor development approaches in Bangladesh;
  • increase flood resilience in the Netherlands and Bangladesh.
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