The Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing (DABW) is a knowledge driven network in Bangladesh under the Delta Alliance with the mission of improving the resilience of the world's deltas in general. DABW focusses on Bangladesh in particular, brings together many parties and supports a joint perspective for addressing issues of importance in Bangladesh as a delta country. The Wing is coordinated by Prof Monowar Hossain, ED of IWM and in the Steering Committee BUET, CEGIS, BWP, BCAS and WARPO are currently participating.
The Ganges Brahmaputra Delta, also named Ganges Delta, Sunderban Delta or Bengal Delta is situated in Asia where the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers discharge, together with the Meghna river, into the Bay of Bengal. It is, with a surface area of some 100.000 km2, the world's largest Delta. Like the national Bangladesh Delta Plan, currently being formulated, the Wing focuses on Bangladesh as a delta country as a whole. Important delta issues are urbanization, over population, climate change, sedimentation and erosion, salinity, disaster preparedness (cyclones) and food security.
Wing coordinator Monowar Hossain and director Kim van Nieuwaal in Delft, April 2018
During their meeting they discussed amongst others the latest developments in Bangladesh. The Deltacap project is now under way for one year, coordinated by the Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing, together with IHE and Wageningen University and Research and in close collaboration with the Bangladesh government.
Seminar on Adaptive Delta Management: Bangladesh Perspective (meeting report)
Institute of Water Modelling and partners of Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing organised a seminar on Adaptive Delta Management: Bangladesh Perspective on 2 May 2017 at WARPO Conference Room, Dhaka. Prof. Dr. M. Monowar Hossain, Executive Director, IWM chaired the seminar.
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The Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing is actively involved in supporting capacity development for the implementation for the Bangladesh Delta Plan
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Global Water Partnership
Delta Alliance (GWP DA) Learning Deltas: IWM and BWP support this initiative and work closely together with Myanmar.
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Publication: Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas
This book answers key questions about environment, people and their shared future in deltas. It develops a systematic and holistic approach for policy-orientated analysis for the future of these regions. It does so by focusing on ecosystem services in the world’s largest, most populous and most iconic delta region, that of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh.
Publication reference: Ecosystem services for well-being in deltas, Integrated Assessment for Policy Analysis (2018). Edited by Robert J. Nicholls, Craig W. Hutton, W. Neil Adger, Susan E. Hanson, Md. Munsur Rahman and Mashfiqus Salehin
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Publication: Recent sediment flux to the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta system
Highlights a.o.: The temporal natural of the sediment flux in GBM delta has been explored. Sediment flux to the GBM delta is not constant which is being considered in planning documents. Sediment flux from the Ganges and Brahmaputra is decreasing due to multiple reasons. The combined decrease in sediment from the Ganges and Brahmaputra is 10 MT/year. Considering the sediment trend is vital for sustainable management of the GBM Delta.
Publiation reference: Recent sediment flux to the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta system, Munsur Rahman a, Maruf Dustegir a, Rezaul Karim a, Anisul Haque a, Robert J. Nicholls b, Stephen E. Darby c, Hajime Nakagawa d, Motahar Hossain e, Frances E. Dunn f, Marin Akter, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 643, 1 December 2018, Pages 1054-1064.
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