Connecting Delta Cities

Intercity cooperation

Intercity cooperation

New Orleans – Rotterdam

Over 50% of the world population lives in cities. More than two thirds of the world’s largest cities are vulnerable to rising sea levels as a result of climate change. Millions of people are being exposed to the risk of extreme floods and storms.

The goal of Connecting Delta Cities is to develop a network of delta cities that are active in the field of climate change related spatial development, water management, and adaptation, in order to  exchange knowledge on climate adaptation and share best practices that can support cities in  developing their adaptation strategies.


Singapore – Rotterdam

Rotterdam's Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb visits World Water Day in Singapore

On 22 March 2012, the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) had the honour of hosting Rotter¬dam’s Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, who gave a talk titled “The Rotterdam Approach: Connect¬ing Water and Opportunities for a Liveable City” as part of the CLC Lecture Series. This was particularly fitting as 22 March was World Water Day.

Mr Aboutaleb shared insights into how Rotterdam is affected by the water-related conse¬quences of climate change and how climate-adaptation is making Rotterdam not only more resilient, but also more liveable. He structured his talk around the five components of CLC’s Liveability Framework: high quality of life, competitive economy, sustainable environment, integrated master planning, and dynamic urban governance.

HCMC and Rotterdam are cities which are actually very much alike, to keep their delta area economically prosperous, safe and a pleasant environment to live and work they have to work with climate change. Rotterdam has experience in developing and moving port activities, which is something that is very useful for HCMC. To develop the 'Ho Chi Minh City, moving towards the sea with climate change adaptation' program, within the Vietnam Climate Adaptation Partnership (VCAPS), Rotterdam and Ho Chi Minh City are working together.

Ho Chi Minh City – Rotterdam

Under the auspices of Grontmij, and in collaboration with the municipality of Rotterdam, the Vietnam Climate Adaptation Partnership (VCAPS) is to contribute to the Ho Chi Minh City’s adaptation strategy. An important focus will be the port’s relocation from the city to the sea.  Just like Rotterdam, Ho Chi Minh City is a densely populated delta city with a large port and it plays a crucial role in the national economy. The city’s economic development and rapid population growth has resulted in an increasing demand for space. Every year, the low-lying delta and heavy tropical rains result in serious flooding, sometimes causing significant loss of life. These problems are exacerbated by climate change. In the near future, increased river discharge and rising sea levels will present increasingly severe risks to the safety of the city's inhabitants.  These challenges demand a sustainable development strategy in which anticipating the impact of climate change (adaptation) plays a major role.

LEAN CC: Climate change education in Europe

LEAN CC stands for Linking European, African and Asian Academic Networks on Climate Change. LEAN CC is co-funded by the EU under the Erasmus Mundus Action 3 programme. The partners are:  Erasmus University Rotterdam – I.H.S./R.H.V. (Coordinating organization), Radboud University Nijmegen, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Ateneo de Manila University, Gadja Mada University, Soegijapranata Catholic University of Semarang, and The University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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