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Dhaka Water Knowledge Days to highlight Dutch-BD water cooperation

  • Published at 10:16 pm October 30th, 2019
Dhaka Water Knowledge Days to highlight Dutch-BD water cooperation
The Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij inaugurates the Dhaka Water Knowledge Days 2019 Courtesy

The event is the result of two partnerships of the Dutch-Bangla water management program, Water Management Knowledge and Innovation Program (WMKIP) and Joint Cooperation Program (JCP), said a press release

A five-day "Dhaka Water Knowledge Days 2019" kicked off at a Dhaka hotel on October 27 to focus on key issues regarding climate change, water management and the future of the Bangladesh Delta.

The event is the result of two partnerships of the Dutch-Bangla water management program, Water Management Knowledge and Innovation Program (WMKIP) and Joint Cooperation Program (JCP), said a press release.

The program is organized by the Institute of Water Modelling (IWM), Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and Deltares, with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh.

The Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij inaugurated the event, emphasizing that the knowledge cooperation can strengthen the international reputation and brand of both the Netherlands and Bangladesh in water management.

“The Netherlands has committed itself to stand with Bangladesh in the coming years in implementing the Bangladesh Deltaplan 2100. Together as a ‘delta-team’, we will need to deal  with both our own challenges of climate change and environmental degradation as well as worldwide,” the ambassador says. 

Keynote speakers at the opening session were Prof M Monowar Hossain, executive director, IWM, who emphasized on implementation of the delta plan in Bangladesh, Motaleb  Hossain Sarker, director of Water Resources Management Division, CEGIS, who shared knowledge on eco-based approaches to identify suitable interventions, knowledge bases and  capacity building of stakeholders and communities; and Prof Jaap Kwadijk, science director, Deltares, who talked about the iconic deltas in Bangladesh being a big resource for  knowledge and understanding of the water sector.

The program focuses on exchange of experiences, knowledge and good practices in the water sector among national and international water experts.