Strategic Delta Planning

Strengthening strategic delta planning processes in Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Vietnam and beyond

03 July 2018 PhD candidate Shahnoor Hasan wrote a compelling post on the transfer of Dutch delta planning expertise to Bangladesh. Read her blog here.

15 Jun 2018 Announcement for tidal river management workshop, dissemination of our research results "Tidal river management as a strategic innovation". 4 July in Dhaka, CEGIS office - 7 July in Khulna, CSS AVA Centre. 

02 Jun 2018 After lots of data collection and analysis, Hoang presents her results on innovations in strategic delta planning. Read her update here.

22 May 2018 We held a MOTA training workshop with Vietnamese policy and planning experts. MOTA is a tool that gains insight in implementation feasibility of "livelihood transformation options". The workshop (see report) was very fruitful as participants showed great interest in further MOTA application and development. 

01 May 2018 Our project has an internal newsletter, we decided to share it for those who like to know more about all exciting things happening in our project. Check it for updates on past and proposed workshops, Bosch+Slabbers use of research results, and struggles of writing a paper. 

25 Jan 2018 We still have two opportunities for master student research on strategic delta planning. Check the descriptions in the 04 Dec post.

04 Dec 2017 We seek two master students! One to study dynamics in actor coalitions during strategic delta planning. And one to assess the role of participatory planning tools. Descriptions  (incl. contact details) for both research opportunities are here

Nov Dec 2017 Vo Thi Minh Hoang (Wageningen University) has been out in the field in Dong Thap province,  interviewing farmers and farmer unions on local innovations such as farming giant freshwater prawns, lotus flowers, rice-shrimp systems.  

















October 2017 Dorien Korbee (TU Delft) and Quan Nguyen (WACC) conducted fieldwork on the implementation feasibility of the Mekong Delta Plan in Ben Tre province Vietnam. During the visit, they learned about planning procedures of the local government officials and their motivations and abilities to change towards practices in line with the Mekong Delta Plan.  









October 2017 Chris Seijger (IHE Delft) went to Dhaka and Khulna to collect data on tidal river management as a strategic innovation for the southwest of Bangladesh. Fida Khan and Riasat Amin (CEGIS) were of great help in arranging interviews. Together with Prof. Dilip Datta and research assistants (Khulna University) a field visit and Focus Group Discussion was held with people from Beel Pakimara. 











17 May 2017 IHE Delft website features our project with an 'Impact Story'. Read it here!

12 April 2017 We initiated a call for abstracts for a special issue on Strategic Delta Planning in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.  Here you can find more info. In this special issue we aim to explore to what extent strategic delta planning can act as a mind changer in delta planning and management.  

28 Feb - 3 March 2017 Fida Khan and CEGIS colleagues organised a succesful project meeting in Dhaka and Khulna. Not only did we talked to (high/level) experts about the Bangladesh Delta Plan, we also visited the coastal polder area around Khulna and the Sundarban mangroves. Project-wise we set priorities and actions for the second half of our project. It were inspiring and exciting days for all of us!

November: From 21 - 23 November the mid-term review of NWO UDW took place. We received very positive feedback of the reviewers ranging from 'the project is truly transdisciplinary and a great deal of efforts has been put into maintaining a good degree of joint working' to 'innovative ways of genuinely engaging with stakeholders and being highly reflexive on the gasp and tensions between top-down planning approaches and tools and bottom-up, locally specific demands'. In addition the mid-term review helped us to re-think our notions of 'learning' and how this occurs for various actors involved in strategic delta planning processes.  

Our project was represented by Andrew Wyatt (IUCN), Dorien Korbee (TU Delft), Wim Douven and Chris Seijger (IHE Delft). Due to a request to accompany the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to the Budapest Water Summit, Fida Kahn from CEGIS could unfortunately not join us in the mid-term review.  

On 24 November Wim Douven gave a presentation in a TU Delft Colloquium on Integral and Adative Planning of Deltas. The presentation is available here

1 November 2016: Our second project paper has been published in the journal of Environmental Planning and Management! The paper explains our interpretation of strategic delta planning, and tests the Hourglass framework, a framework to analyse planning and implementation of strategic delta plans.

The paper was co-authored by 15 consortium members of 9 different organisations. The paper is available both on the Journal's website and on ResearchGateYou can obtain a personal copy by contacting us or one of the authors. 


October - November 2016: Shahnoor Hasan carried out field work on the use of participatory scenario development in the Mekong Delta Plan. She interviewed different key experts, academics and government officials, and representatives of different international development agencies in Hanoi and the Mekong delta.

On 30 November Shahnoor presented in Dhaka in the 'Let's Talk Water Seminar Series'. She talked about her preliminary research findings of scenario development in the Mekong Delta Plan. The seminar series is collaboratively organized in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO), Nuffic 155 project on Scenario Development of IWRM in Bangladesh, and Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing.    

The photo shows Shahnoor after an interview with Prof. Vo Tong Xuan, Rector Emeritus of An Giang University.  


October 2016: From 17 to 21 October the training workshop of Participatory Planning Tools for Strategic Delta Planning & Management took place.  Participants were introduced to various tools offered by our consortium partners, namely: Participatory Scenario Development, Design Charettes, Denvis, and MOTA. These tools were used to develop strategies for Tra Vinh province in the Mekong Delta. In total 45 people from 6 countries participated in the workshop. The workshop was prepared and facilitated by staff from IHE Delft, WACC, Bosch+Slabbers, PBL and Deltares. A copy of the Workshop Report is available here.

The photo below shows workshop facilitators Jaap Evers and Ho Long Phi with one of the participants during the Closing Ceremony.

October 2016: Over the past six months, Vo Thi Minh Hoang supervised three BSc students in their thesis research on innovative strategies in the Mekong Delta. The photos show Hoang interviewing a farmer on his shrimp-mangrove farming system, and a visit with a student to such a system.

July 2016: PhD candidates Vo Thi Minh Hoang and Shahnoor Hasan have submitted their PhD proposals. Congratulations for this important milestone! 

June 2016: Project leader Wim Douven explains our project in a Youtube clip. The clip was prepared with support of NWO UDW and recorded during the Urbanising Deltas conference in Ho Chi Minh City. Click on the picture to start the movie

May 2016: Vo Thi Minh Hoang and Chris Seijger conducted 14 interviews on planning and implementation of the Mekong Delta plan. Interviews took place in Tra Vinh, Can Tho and Hanoi. First findings indicate that the Mekong Delta Plan may count on broad support (scientists, development partners, ministries), and that implementation into the planning system is already happening to some extent.   

1 May 2016: Dorien Korbee joins the project team as postdoctoral researcher. Her research project focuses on formation and change of actor coalitions in strategic delta planning. Here you can find out more about Dorien. 

January 2016: During two field trips project members went deep into the delta of Bangladesh and Vietnam. In Bangladesh we traveled by car and boat to the coastal polders in the southwest part of Bangladesh. In the Mekong delta we visited the South Mang Thit irrigation system. We saw how this once fresh water system (fruit trees, rice) is transferring into a saline/brackish system dominated by shrimp farming. Click for Bangladesh delta pictures here and Mekong delta pictures here.  

January 2016: We participated in the annual NWO UDW Conference in Ho Chi Minh City. We exchanged knowledge with researchers from other projects, strengthened our research uptake skills through movies (unfortunately no clippings available yet!), and met with relevant (uptake) stakeholders such as WWF, Bangladesh and Mekong delta plan.

10 November 2015: Leon Hermans (TU Delft) wrote an interesting blog on how to evaluate decision-making under deep uncertainty. He connects long-term decision-making and adaptation pathways to implementation maturity for the first, upcoming planning cycle. Here you can read the blog. 

02 November 2015: Ho Long Phi (WACC) and his MOTA methodology have found their way into the scientific community! Delta planners have indicated already their interest as the paper provides a solid framework to reflect on plan implemenation difficulties. You can access the paper through the journal's website here. You can obtain a personal copy by contacting us or one of the authors.  

28 September 2015: Project partner Leo Pols from PBL organised together with IHE Delft a Denvis day to learn more about this participatory planning tool. Here you can read the report and look at some pictures here

8 June 2015: IUCN Vietnam wrote a compelling webstory on strategic delta planning lessons from the Netherlands for the Mekong delta. You can read it here.

18-20 May 2015: We hold a very fruitful Inception workshop with the project consortium. Here you can find the report of the meeting as well as presentations and research posters. 

March 2015: The resesarch team is complete! We hired three PhD candidates and a postdoctoral researcher for 2015-2018. Find out who they are what they will research here