Hasta Viernes, 16. Noviembre 2018
Currently, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, especially in vulnerable coastal and delta areas. Estimates show that more than two-thirds of the world’s large cities will be vulnerable to rising sea levels and climate change, with millions of people in the future exposed to the risk of extreme floods and storms.
By the middle of this century, the majority of the world’s population will live in cities in or near deltas, estuaries or coastal zones. This will amplify the consequences of future floods, and in a climate change context, the frequency, intensity and duration of extreme precipitation events will increase, as well as the frequency and duration of droughts.At the same time, many delta cities suffer from severe land subsidence. As a consequence of these urban developments, trends and projections for land subsidence and climate change, the vulnerability of our delta cities is expected to increase in the decades to come.
These delta cities are facing serious planning challenges related to issues like economic development, population growth, vulnerability to flooding, and food security. Addressing and resolving these complex planning issues requires planning approaches and methods which are process oriented, oversee the problems, create solutions from an integral perspective, and involve stakeholders to make use of current practices and experiences. An ‘integral perspective’ is often advocated to address multi-level interests (local, delta, river basin, national, international) as well as interests of different sectors in which key stakeholders are part of the delta and river basin system.
There is an emerging need to exchange experiences between professionals involved in various aspects of delta planning and discuss different planning approaches and methods and their feasibility in specific local contexts.
There is no course fee. Sponsored by a partnership of international development organisations, the course is free.
Interested participants must apply for this course before Friday, September 14th, 2018.