Water, climate and energy: the Netherlands and Bangladesh

The overall aim of the water program in Bangladesh is to contribute to a healthy living environment and wellbeing for the population, as well as economic growth. Particular focus is on the poor and vulnerable. It is anticipated that there will be more extreme rainfall, higher sea water levels, increasing industrial pollution and further urbanization.

Bangladesh continues to have high needs and expectations for close bilateral cooperation in the area of water management. Important challenges in that area include climate change adaptation, providing protection against storm surges along the coast, preventing floods in cities, and ensuring a sustainable water supply in light of groundwater depletion, arsenic and industrial contamination, as well as saline water intrusion along the coast.

Water management

The Dutch delta has the world’s best flood defences. 70% of the Dutch population lives below sea level. That’s why the Netherlands has so much expertise in flood control and clean water.

The Netherlands works together with other countries to tackle water-related issues around the world, like irrigation, safe river banks and clean drinking water. Our country also contributes to transboundary management of 7 international river basins in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

A Special Envoy for International Water Affairs has been appointed to promote Dutch knowledge and expertise in the area of water management.

Climate and energy

The Netherlands wants to promote the use of sustainable energy.

The Netherlands endorses international agreements on reducing CO2 emissions and the depletion of natural resources.

Water, climate and energy: the Netherlands and your country or region

For more information on this topic, contact the embassy or consulate.

The water program in Bangladesh

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) Water Program for the period 2014-2017 focusses on assisting the Government of Bangladesh in the formulation of a Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) and Framework 2100 which will in turn provide the basis for on-going and new activities in the areas of (i) participatory water management in the existing polders and in the reclaimed land of the coastal zone, (ii) river management, (iii) drinking water and sanitation in rural and urban areas and (iv) skills development and institutional strengthening.

Water management in Bangladesh
Image: Carel de Groot
Bangladesh urban delta

Overview water projects

Currently the following 20 water related programs/projects are being funded by the Embassy in Dhaka.

Integrated Water Management (IWM) projects

1. Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100)

2. Ecosystems for Life (E4L)

3. Char Development and Settlement Program IV (CDSP IV)

4. Blue Gold

5. South West Area Integrated Water Resources Planning and Management Project (South West)

6. Building Community Resilience through IWM (UNDP IWM)

7. Enhancing Food Security through improved crop water management practices in the Southern Coastal areas of Bangladesh

8. Enhancing Resilience to Natural Disasters and Effects of Climate Change (WFP Resilience)

9. Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program-Tranche-1 (FRERMIP)

10. Satellite for Crops (Sat4Crops)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Projects

11. BRAC WASH II - Ensuring sustainable access to sanitation, water and hygiene in hard-to-reach areas and for underserved people

12. Max Value for WASH

13. Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in Difficult and Hard-to-Reach Areas (UNICEF WASH)

14. Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT)

15. Urban Dredging Demonstration Project (UDDP)

16. Water Operator Partnership (WOP)

Gender and Water Program

17. Gender and Water Program Bangladesh (GWAPB)

Water Support Fund Activities

18. ECOBAS - Eco-engineered coastal defence integrated with sustainable aquatic food production

19. Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS)

20. Bangladesh Sundarban Delta Vision 2050

Contact Embassy water department Bangladesh

If you require further information, or would like to meet our colleagues from the water program, please contact us by email.