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Scenario Development on Integrated Water Resources Management in Bangladesh

The project ‘Scenario Development on Integrated Water Resources Management in Bangladesh’, shortly known as NICHE155 project is a Dutch funded project (not under the annual development program) The objective of the project is “To deliver capacitated graduates, researchers and policy staff on integrated water resources management and contribute / support the realisation of the delta plan in order to cope with future challenges in Bangladesh”. This entails, among others, to strengthen the collaboration between and the capacity of the four organizations namely Department of Water Resources Engineering of BUET, Department of irrigation and Water Management of BAU, Entre of Environmental Geographic information services (CEGIS) and Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO); and to improve the quality of education, research, dissemination and policy formulation in scenario development relevant to IWRM and climate issues.”

The project "Scenario development in Integrated Water Resources Management: coping with future challenges in Bangladesh" aims to deliver capacitated graduates, researchers and policy staff on integrated water resources management to contribute / support the realization of the delta plan in order to cope with future challenges in Bangladesh”. The five year project is a Dutch funded started on 1st March 2013 and ends on 28 February 2017.

The overall objective is to deliver capacitated graduates, researchers and policy staff on integrated water resources management to contribute / support the realisation of the delta plan in order to cope with future challenges in Bangladesh”. This entails, among others, to strengthen the collaboration between and the capacity of the four organizations in Bangladesh to improve the quality of education, research, dissemination and policy formulation in scenario development relevant to IWRM and climate issues.

The project aspires to strengthen the collaboration between the four organizationsundertaking research, dissemination and policy formulation in scenario development relevant to IWRM and climate issues in Bangladesh. The project will also mainstream gender in education, integrate labor market needs in education, develop of curricula and provide training to stuff of the four organizations.The four organizations are Department of Water Resources Engineeringof Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Department of irrigation and Water Management of Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU), Centre for Environmental Geographic Information Services (CEGIS)and Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO). The international consortium comprising members from institutes UNESCO-IHE, Alters/WAU & Deltares from Netherlands guide and assist the staff of the four organizations with a broad range of expert knowledge in order to achieve the stated objectives and to implement the project activities.

The project activities are grouped under the following working packages (WP):

  • WP 1: Curriculum Development
  • WP 2: Academic Research
  • WP 3: Staff Training
  • WP 4: Facilities
  • WP 5: Modeling facilities and support                            
  • WP 6: Platform and Dissemination
  • WP 7: Gender
  • WP  8: Labour market

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  Background of project partners

Department of Water Resources Engineering, BUET

The Department of Water Resources Engineering (DWRE) was established in 1974 at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, to produce well-qualified Engineers capable of solving the complex and dynamic water related problems of the country and the region. The Department offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. There are total of about 150 undergraduate students and 70 postgraduate students in the department. The department has two major laboratory facilities; hydraulics and river engineering laboratory and physical model facility. The goals of the department are to provide an international standard education in water resources engineering by providing high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes that prepare students for professional water resources engineering careers in industry, academia, and Government, non-government regulatory body and developing and maintaining internationally recognized research programmes in selected areas of water resources engineering. (www.buet.ac.bd/wre)

Contact person:Dr. Sabbir Mostafa Khan, Professor, DWRE, BUET and Project Director, Nuffic-NICHE BGD 155 Project  (email: sabbirkhanbuet@gmail.com)   

Department of Irrigation and Water Management, BAU

The Department of Irrigation and Water Management (DIWM) was opened at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh to meet the growing need of specialists in the field of water resources management with emphasis in irrigation for boosting up agricultural production in Bangladesh. DIWM maintains relationship with many organizations in Bangladesh, such as BADC, DAE, BARI, BRRI, REB, RRI, BWDB, BINA, BSRI, BMDA, RDA, BARC, different NGOs, etc. This department, since its inception in 1964, has been offering a broad spectrum of courses in the field of water resources engineering both at B.Sc. and M.Sc. levels. Additionally, the department has been offering Ph.D. degree based on advanced research in the aforesaid field. DIWM has three major laboratories namely, (i) Soil and Water Engineering Laboratory, (ii) Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory and (iii) Irrigation Field Laboratory. (www.bau.edu.bd/Department-of-Irrigation--Water-Management)

Contact person:Dr. A. K. M. Adham, Professor and Head, Department of Irrigation and Water Management, BAU and Project Focul point, Nuffic-NICHE BGD 155 Project(email: adhamiwm@gmail.com)

Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS)

The Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh established the Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) as a public trust in 2002 under the Trusts Act of 1882. It has been functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Water Resources and a Board of Trustees. The Government of Bangladesh, USAID and the Government of The Netherlands have invested a lot of resources over a period of twelve years from 1991 to 2002 to develop CEGIS' capacity. From its inception, CEGIS has been carrying out integrated environmental analysis by using modern technologies such as geographic information system (GIS), remote sensing (RS), databases and information technology (IT) and others. It provides solutions to issues and problems in various sectors like water, land, agriculture, fisheries, environment, engineering, power, energy, transportation, etc., and recommends technical options based on local realities that are feasible from the socio-economic and institutional point of view. (www.cegisbd.com)

Contact person:Dr. Maminul Haque Sarker, DED, CEGIS  and Project Focul point, Nuffic-NICHE BGD 155 Project(email: msarker@cegisbd.com)

Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO)

Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) is the only government organization mandated to prepare National and regional level water resources planning expected to be used by Planning commission, Ministries and agencies responsible for implementing water projects. The Water Resources Planning Act (Act No.12 of 1992) provides the legal framework for WARPO as a statutory organization. National Water Management Plan (NWMP) is a unique product prepared by WARPO; to be periodic updated to guide Ministries in framing their policies and agencies in implementing their projects. WARPO offers all relevant data on water sector as one-stop services with added value for planning and research. WARPO has its especial role in coordinating the activities in the coastal region to achieve integrated coastal zone management. WARPO has been implementing several research projects with BUET, IWM and CEGIS and looking forward to undertake more collaborative research towards sustainable water resources management.  (www.warpo.gov.bd)

Contact person:Mr. SaifulAlam, Director (Technical), WARPO and Project Focul point, Nuffic-NICHE BGD 155 Project (email: saiful31473@gmail.com)

UNESCO-IHE

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education was established in 2003. It carries out research, education and capacity development activities in water related fields. UNESCO-IHE continues the work that began in 1957 when IHE first offered a postgraduate diploma course in hydraulic engineering to practicing professionals from developing countries. The Institute is the largest water education facility in the world, and the only institution in the UN system authorized to confer accredited MSc degrees, and provides PhD education in collaboration with partner universities. The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is based in and operates from Delft, the Netherlands, and facilitates all UNESCO member states. (www.unesco-ihe.org)

Contact person:Nora van Cauwenbergh  Lecturer in Water Resources Planning, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and NICHE 155 project director (emai: N.vanCauwenbergh@unesco-ihe.org)

Wageningen University and Research Centre

Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, is the only university in the Netherlands that specifically focuses on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. They do so by working closely together with governments and the business community. Their research and education are based on a fundamental scientific approach and accordingly strongly geared toward application in practice. This allows WUR to obtain an integrated approach of actual societal themes, such as: climate change, unhealthy lifestyles, the continued pressure on our natural environment and animal welfare. WUR's researchers are active around the globe, and the university hosts students from over 100 countries. In 2012 students ranked Wageningen as the best university in the Reference Guide for Higher Education in the Netherlands for the fifth year in a row. The top quality of research at WUR is crowned with the university’s position within the top 6 of the important citation indexes of its domain. (www.wageningenur.nl)

Contact person:Ir. CatharienTerwisscha van Scheltinga, Researcher & Lecturer, Alterra/Wageningen University and Research Centre (email: Catharien.terwisscha@wur.nl)

Deltares

Deltares is a leading, independent, Dutch-based research institute and specialist consultancy in matters relating to water, soil and the subsurface. It applies its advanced expertise worldwide to help people live safely and sustainably in delta areas, coastal zones and river basins. Throughout the world, it works on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why it works closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. Its motto is Enabling Delta Life. As an applied research institute, the success of Deltares can be measured in the extent to which its expert knowledge can be used in and for society. For Deltares the quality of its expertise and advice is foremost. Knowledge is its core business. (www.deltares.nl)

Contact person:Maaike van Aalst  DeltaProgramme, Deltares (email: maaike.vanaalst@deltares.nl)

NUFFIC

The Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE) is a Netherlands-funded development cooperation programme aimed at strengthening institutional capacity in developing countries for providing post-secondary education and training. The programme focuses on countries and sectors supported under the Dutch Bilateral Cooperation Programme. NICHE pays special attention to gender issues and to the link between capacity development and the needs of the labour market. In the selected NICHE countries support is available for a range of organizations including post-secondary education institutions, ministries, national commissions and NGOs. Requesting organizations are supported by Dutch, local and regional expertise. All projects are in line with the development policy of the recipient countries and match local priorities. In line with the current development policy of the Netherlands NICHE focuses on four themes: Water, Food security, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Security and the rule of Law. (www.nuffic.nl)

Contact person:Nancy Alexaki, Senior Programme Administrator, NUFFIC (email: nalexaki@nuffic.nl)

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Work package 2: Collaborative Research
Work package 3: Staff Training
Work package 4: Investment
Work package 5: Math Model/DSS
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