Webinar: Rural urban linkages combining safety and quality of living in delta cities
Not able to attend the webinar?
- A report of the webinar will follow shortly.
- The recording of the webinar is available at Water Channel TV
Date and Time
How to attend
- Go to https://metameta.adobeconnect.com/delta2/
- Click on ‘Enter as Guest’
- Enter a user name
- Click on ‘Enter Room’
- That’s it! You can now listen to the speakers, and share your questions and comments
- Wim Timmermans, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra), thought leader Delta Alliance
- Verónica Zagare, Coordinator Delta Alliance Wing Argentina
- Ken Kinney, Coordinator Delta Alliance Wing Ghana
- Dirk Wasscher, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra), the Netherlands
- the Parana delta in Argentina, where rapid urbanisation threatens the sustainability of urban communities, presented by Veronica Zagare, Delft University of Technology
- the Volta delta in Ghana, where a combination of urban development and industrial agriculture is putting pressures on food supply and livelihoods of local communities, presented by Ken Kinney, The Development Institute, Ghana
Further, Dirk Wasscher from Wageningen Environmental Research will discuss the relation between urban food security and delta development.
A question and answer session will be included in the webinar and will be concluded with a reflection on the framework presented.
Description / framework
What does ‘Delta Development’ really mean? What does development mean for a delta city? And what does it mean for the larger, surrounding delta landscape? Can the two objectives be reconciled?
- Governance: the main focus of delta programmes is water safety. There is a need to reconcile the priorities of water authorities (catchment areas, rivers, coast lines, and sea water); city planners (high investment plans in urban areas); rural planners (typically low investment plans); and citizens (direct changes to their neighbourhood).
These stakeholders have different time horizons: water authorities’ water safety plans have over 50-year time horizons, while urban and rural territorial plans typically have 20-year outlooks.
Measures employed by one group of stakeholders have effects on others. Measures taken in cities - for example widening of river beds or lakes, restoration of open areas for water retention, removal of houses and buildings -has unwanted formal and informal developments on areas supplying food, water, infrastructure or nature services to the city.
- Natural Resource Management: Delta cities can be classified into one of these five categories, based on the larger landscape they are located within: mountainous, lowland, delta, costal lowland, or coastal hilly. Accordingly, they have different flooding vulnerabilities.
- A plea for putting the issue of Urbanizing Deltas on the new urban agenda
- Landscape based urban adaptation (link will follow)
A second webinar will be organised in May about the Dutch delta, the Bangladesh delta and possibly other deltas.
This webinar is organised under the auspices of Delta Alliance in association with Wageningen Enviornmental Research (Alterra).