A project of the General Economics Division of the Bangladesh Planning Commission funded by the Government of the Netherlands
To achieve the formulated Delta Vision, the Bangladesh Delta Plan proposes a set of coherent strategies. Choosing strategies requires a well-considered iterative process. Strategies consider local and sectoral issues and address them with sets of measures that apply both nationally and at the level of Hotspots. Hotspots are areas of Bangladesh which face similar issues in water planning. The Delta Plan’s six Hotspots have been defined as: Coastal Zone, Barind and Drought-prone Areas, Major Rivers and Adjoining Areas, Haor Region, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Coast, and Urban Areas.
Strategies go through a process of three steps: possible strategies, potential strategies and preferred strategies. Drawing up a coherent set of strategies for the whole of the Bangladesh delta is no easy task, as interventions in any part of the delta can have decisive effects in other parts of the delta. Thus, the Bangladesh Delta Plan brings together knowledge from all Hotspots, covering all relevant sectors, in one place to enable the formulation of balanced strategies, for a complex delta.
Delta Ateliers are design workshops where experts and stakeholders share knowledge and jointly develop ideas. Through this process of joint-fact-finding the participants in the Delta Ateliers are enabled to bring in their ideas, comments and other forms of contributions to challenge and ultimately strengthen a selection of the BDP’s main elements (or “outputs”). A series of these interactive Delta Atelier sessions have contributed to the development of supported Baseline Studies, problem statements (integrated Baseline analysis), Delta vision, scenarios and strategy. Avenues are explored with the private sector to participate in the implementation of the Delta Plan.