Webinar: Resilient Delta Cities – Adaptation Analysis, Planning, and Implementation

Submitted by Olivia Allen | published 17th May 2023 | last updated 6th Nov 2023
recording of resilient delta cities webinar
Friday, 16 June, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:30 (Europe/Amsterdam)

Resilient Delta Cities – Adaptation Analysis, Planning, and Implementation

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"Futureproofing Water and Climate Adaptation" is a webinar series focused on adaptation strategy, practices, and financing for deltas, urban deltas, small islands and coastal areas.  

The series is designed to support the ambition of the International Panel on Deltas and Coastal Areas - to build capacity for effective adaptation planning, governance and financethrough online knowledge sharing and creation. This series of four webinars consists of sharing good practices, panel discussions and interactive community dialogues 

This is the second webinar, " Resilient Delta Cities," sharing cases of good adaptation practices in urban deltaic regions. 


Some 40%+ of the global population lives on the coast, coastal areas are concentrations of economic activities, employing 58.5 million people globally in the fishing industry alone. In addition, marine transportation and ocean tourism are trillion-dollar industries (1). Without climate adaptation measures, damage to infrastructure, losses in crop production, and reduced fishing yields could cause average GDP losses of up to 19.5 percent in the world's deltas (2) similarly, it is estimated that 20% of the global GDP could be affected by flooding due to climate change (3). 

As the impacts of climate change continue to intensify, flooding risk will increase, putting infrastructure valued between US$7.9 and US$12.7 trillion at risk, as well as the lives of hundreds of millions of people. With 40% of the global population living within 100 km of the coast and 11% living in low-lying coastal areas, the impacts of sea level rise could be felt as soon as 2050 (4).  Accelerating adaptation efforts is essential to protect people, landscapes, economies, and even the very existence of some islands and deltaic coasts. 


The Water Adaptation Community facilitators broker knowledge from the community members to national and international policymakers, through a partnership with the International Panel on Deltas (IPDC) and Coastal Areas

At the UN 2023 Water Conference the IPDC officially launched with eleven member countries and two international financing groups. The IPDC’s Water Action Agenda commitment is to support countries in developing climate adaptation strategies and plans, based on scientific markers, political commitment, and action-oriented approaches. This webinar series serves as a wider-reaching knowledge sharing mechanism to support this commitment.

The IPDC aims to support deltas, coastal areas, and islands in their strenuous efforts to cope with and adapt to the impacts of climate change by linking three layers – scientific knowledge, national policies and finance, and action holders The IPDC is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management, supported in its founding phase by Deltares and the Global Center on Adaptation  

Learn more about the International Panel on Deltas and Coastal Areashttps://deltasandcoasts.net/  



  • Mr. Nishchal Sardjoe, Detlares Indonesia 

Opening Remarks: 

  • Ms. Amy Chester, Managing Director of Rebuild by Design  

Supporting Facilitator: 

  • Ms. Olivia Allen, Water Adaptation Community Facilitator, Global Center on Adaptation 


  • Dr. Hans Gehrels, Global lead on Urban Resilience, Deltares 

  • Mr. Arnoud Molenaar, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Rotterdam 

  • Mr. Andhika Ajie, CEO of the Center for Research & Innovation of Jakarta City and Chief Resilience Officer of Jakarta 

  • Ms. Verónica M.E. Zagar. Researcher at TUDelft, Argentinean Wing Coordinator - Delta Alliance International 

  • Mr. Chris Zevenbergen, Professor of Flood Resilience of Urban Systems UN-IHE 

Closing with a panel discussion.


Contact: Olivia Allen, Water Adaptation Community Facilitator, olivia.allen@gca.org




  1. World Bank. (n.d.). Oceans, Fisheries, and Coastal Economies. Retrieved from https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/oceans-fisheries-and-coastal-economies  

  1. Gupta, J., Warner, K., Werners, S., & Bertelsmann-Scott, T. (2021). Living with water: Climate adaptation in the world's deltas. Global Climate Adaptation Partnership. https://gca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Living-with-water-climate-adaptation-in-the-worlds-deltas.pdf (Accessed April 20, 2023) 

  1. Church, J. A. et al. Climate change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, New York 2013, 1137–1216 (2013). 

  1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (2021). Cities and Other Human Settlements: Opportunities, Challenges and Mitigation. IPCC Working Group II Fact Sheet. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg2/downloads/outreach/IPCC_AR6_WGII_FactSheet_CitiesSettlementsBtS.pdf (Accessed April 24, 2023)