Secure water safety and food security for Bangladesh

Water Governance and Climate

Strategy Institutional Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Over the last couple of years, Bangladesh has had a remarkable economic growth rate of on average 6%. The country is well on its way to fulfilling its ambitions to become a middle-income country by 2021. However, climate change and delta-related problems such as monsoon floods, tropical cyclones, flooding, saltwater intrusion and drought threaten the significant achievements made. Bangladesh needs an integrated approach to secure water safety and food security, and strengthen its governance infrastructure to be able to address Bangladesh’s future challenges.


Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100

The aim of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 is to realise a sustainable delta vision, long-term strategy and plan, all of which need to be agreed with the relevant stakeholders. The emphasis on effective governance is important to ensure that the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 can be implemented and acted on. Scenarios play a central role in defining future adaptive strategies. These scenarios help assess the possible impact of population growth, economic development and climate change. The indicative plan ensures an optimum level of water safety and food security, as well as economic growth and a framework for its implementation.

The strategic plan ambitions:

  • Long-term (50-100 years)
  • Integrated and holistic vision and strategy
  • Improving safe living and sound economic development
  • Taking climate change into account
  • Creating socio-political support
  • Solving urgent problems with short-term measures.

Twynstra fulfilled a variety of roles, including:

  • Project management
  • Policy advice
  • Institutional strengthening
  • Stakeholder management
  • Capacity building
  • Establishing a data portal.

Leading partner consortium

Twynstra is the leading partner behind the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. The consortium is composed of Euroconsult Mott MacDonald, Unesco-IHE, Deltares, Alterra, Witteveen+Bos, Defacto, Stichting Cas and the Bangladeshi partners IWM en CEGIS. The consortium uses knowledge and skills developed during the Dutch Delta Programme to create a long-term strategy linked to the existing Bengalese water policies.