NWO WOTRO – Urbanising Deltas of the World

The aim of NWO’s Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW) programme is to contribute to water safety, food security and the sustainable economic development of urbanising deltas worldwide, by finding more effective and efficient responses to the challenges and changes in these areas.

Target groups and objectives urbanisation Deltas of the world

Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW) is interesting for partnerships between knowledge institutions in the Netherlands and the target countries. Embedding with stakeholders is of great importance.

Knowledge development within UDW focuses on three areas:

  • Increasing fundamental knowledge about complex delta systems, by developing new theories, computer techniques and smart observation methods in data-poor areas
  • Developing new approaches and sustainable technologies with regard to spatial planning and design
  • Promoting delta management, poverty reduction and sustainable development by strengthening institutions. 

Conditions, characteristics and key figures

  • Consortium: At least 1 Dutch knowledge institute and company, a local party in the water sector and a local knowledge institute.
  • Activities must take place in one of the countries from the country list.
  • Grant: maximum € 600,000
  • Grant rate: 100%.
  • Maximum duration 5 years
  • Eligible costs: Mainly wage costs of temporary research personnel, and related research costs.
  • Type of application: Tender, ranking on a number of criteria
  • Criteria:
    I. Research and knowledge development
    II. Innovation and & Business development
    III. Sustainable and inclusive development
  • Target country list:
    – Bangladesh: incl. Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna
    – Benin: including Ouémé, Mono
    – Egypt: Nile
    – Ghana: including Volta
    – Indonesia: including Ciliwung
    – Kenya: including Tana
    – Mali: Niger
    – Mozambique: inclusive. Incomati, Zambezi
    – Vietnam: including Mekong
    – Myanmar: including Irrawaddi
    – Colombia: including Cauca Magdalena
    – South Africa: including Incomati
  • Next deadline: unknown.

Some project examples of urbanising Deltas of the world

DELTAP: an integrative approach for smart small-scale piped water supply in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta




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