Wageningen Delta Seminar: Water, Climate, Food and Ecosystems in Deltas (22 May 2017)


During the Wageningen Delta Seminar on 22 May 2017 a brief overview was discussed of both the Delta Alliance and Wageningen’s delta related knowledge development – illustrated by some key research outcomes and identified knowledge gaps.

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
  3. the marine environment. Sustainable Water quality is an important cross-cutting issue in the above three water domains


Opening and welcome, Bram de Vos, Director Wageningen Environmental Research
Inclusive and sustainable development in deltas: Perspective of Bangladesh as the Chair of Delta Coalition, Mr Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh speech
Delta Alliance: Current programme and outlook, Renske Peters, Director Delta Alliance presentation
Knowledge for Water, Climate, Food and Ecosystems in Deltas, Ivo Demmers, Wageningen Environmental Research presentation
Water, Climate, Food and Ecosystems in Deltas, pitches:
  • Water and ecosystems in deltas, Ralf Verdonschot
  • presentation
  • Marine environment, aquaculture, building with Nature, Tom Ysebaert
  • presentation
  • Climate smart agriculture, water and food in deltas, Peter Kuikman
  • presentation
  • Delta planning, Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga
  • presentation
  • Deltas in Wageningen education, Ton Hoitink
  • presentation

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