GCRF Living Deltas Hub

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Geography Politics and Sociology

Abstract

River deltas comprise only 1% of global landscapes, yet support over half a billion people. Deltas are tightly coupled social-ecological systems (SESs), but human exploitation, environmental degradation and threats from climate change increasingly threaten these delicate interfaces between land and water. The intractable development challenge addressed by this bid is how to avoid the collapse of South and SE Asian deltas as functioning, highly productive social-ecological systems in the face of human development and the projected consequences of climate change. The proposed Living Deltas Hub focuses on the delta SESs of three major rivers in South and Southeast Asia: the Red River and Mekong (Vietnam) and Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM: Bangladesh, India). Deltas form part of wider river basins and so the Hub will also engage with other riparian country researchers, in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The stakes for the project are clear: 70% of the Mekong delta is highly vulnerable to flooding with 7 million people at risk. Sea level rise in Bangladesh could displace between 3 and 13 million by 2100. SE-Asian mega-deltas produce 88% of the world's rice, but the 98cm of sea level rise predicted under IPCC AR5 (2014) would render 16% of arable land in Bangladesh and 25% in Vietnam unusable by 2100. Upstream damming and sediment retention is also a major threat, with resulting delta subsidence putting 12 million people in 23 Asian cities at risk from water inundation.

As human impacts increase, the need for locally-rooted sustainable development strategies underpinned by traditional knowledge becomes ever greater. The GCRF Living Deltas Hub will co-develop the transdisciplinary frameworks needed to understand delta SESs, and will work with delta-dwellers and policymakers to develop solutions that can help realise the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in delta contexts. The Hub is novel - no other existing or previous international delta initiative has specifically addressed the SDGs by co-creating new natural and cultural heritage understandings of deltas. It is timely, as it addresses the crucial challenges of SE Asian delta degradation early in the lifespan of the SDGs and so contributes to the development of SDG monitoring and planning - globally and regionally, as well as in country contexts. The Hub is innovative as it emphasizes transdisciplinary integration of the earth and life sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts, to address these common challenges The Hub will operate on a model of 'equitable partnership', involving delta-dwellers and the research community in developing knowledge and policy for better delta futures. The Hub comprises six innovative work packages co-developed with Global South partners and research institutes addressing specific in-country and delta-scale needs. Its new knowledge will serve to build capacity and shape policy at local, national, regional and global levels. The Hub will have lasting impact through improved livelihoods and more resilient communities, sustainable management and conservation, improved monitoring of SDG indicators and better policies for sustainable development.

The Hub brings together a transdisciplinary team of experts and practitioners from Global 'North' and 'South'. Hub strengths are in: coupled human and natural systems analyses; demography and international development; natural hazard modelling and coastal resilience; environmental monitoring and modelling; policy and practice of resource management, hazard, risk and resilience; SDG-focused analyses of delta systems and their vulnerability to hazards; justice and governance; behavioral finance; delta nutrition and food security; and gender-sensitive research. Working together with stakeholders from delta countries, the research team have the knowledge, expertise and track record to build new understandings of delta change, new partnerships, and new solutions.

Planned Impact

The GCRF Living Deltas Hub will have lasting impact through its contribution to:

1) sustainable, equitable livelihoods for delta dwellers in resilient communities
2) sustainable management of ecosystems and landscapes
3) stronger monitoring for sustainable development
4) better policies for delta sustainable development.

At the sub-state level, delta-dwellers themselves will benefit. These deltas are home to 250 million people. Their socio-ecological security is conditional on the integrity of the deltas and at the core of the SDG delta agenda. Through participatory fora the Hub will engage these communities in the co-creation of new knowledge on sustainable delta livelihoods and in education to build capacity for resilience. Local and international NGOs are partners in realising these impacts, and beneficiaries of new knowledge. The Hub identifies and works with vulnerable groups in each delta context, enabling their inclusion in fora and education/training activities. A strand of activity works with local entrepreneurs to encourage new commercial opportunities.

The agency of these communities to safeguard the vitality of delta ecosystems will also be harnessed and supported. Communities will co-develop, and be trained in, new tools. These will include environmental report cards and water quality monitoring programmes, as well as a 'Delta Health Index'. An online data archive, new analysis of tipping points, and the regional contact group (see below) will support this activity.

In terms of national-scale benefit to monitors and policymakers, the Hub will directly input into the work of country statistics bodies. Data availability and national SDG-aligned monitoring are recognised as key challenges (e.g. Bangladesh Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2017). In developing a new delta-sensitive indicator framework, the Hub will improve the quality of national indicator sets and awareness of monitoring gaps. The Hub will also ensure best practice in participatory local monitoring of the SDGs. Local and national governments will benefit directly from enhanced understanding of challenges and solutions, and policy recommendations for local and national planning for sustainable development. Fostering close connections with policy communities from the outset via government involvement in its structures, the Hub will contribute policy recommendations. It will also contribute via UN Voluntary National Reviews of SDG implementation (Bangladesh, 2017; Laos, Vietnam, 2018) and their national preparatory processes. These reports ultimately go on to be presented and discussed at the annual UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF).

The Hub will contribute to the annual Regional Forum for Sustainable Development coordinated by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. To inform best practice, facilitate peer learning between states, and tackle regionally-salient, transboundary challenges, the Hub will organise a regional multistakeholder contact group in the margins of this event. The Hub will also engage with thematic policy communities at regional and global levels as an audience for impact. The preparatory processes, expert meetings, and inter-ministerial discussions of regular thematic SDG reviews provide demonstrable and novel pathways to impact. The thematic, regional and country-specific avenues identified here will all generate contributions to global review of SDG implementation, and the Hub would also contribute directly to the HLPF through presentations and technical briefings. Reflecting impactful partnerships at national and regional levels, the Hub aims to organise official side-events at future HLPFs with government, stakeholder and UN agency partners. Finally, the Hub will engage with the global UN Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDG indicators in the context of its work plan for improvement of specific SDG indicators, and the review of the global indicator framework in 2020 and 2025.

Organisations

People

ORCID iD

Andrew Richard Large (Principal Investigator)
Cat Button (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2858-9331
Maggie Roe (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3040-1887
Anh Duc Trinh (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4207-8845
SAYEM AHMED (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9499-1500
Mashfiqus Salehin (Co-Investigator)
Susan Mary Chilton (Co-Investigator)
Julian Mark Williams (Co-Investigator)
Ashar Aftab (Co-Investigator)
Louise Bracken (Co-Investigator)
Umme Kulsum Navera (Co-Investigator)
Do Thu Nga (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7045-1753
Tuhin Ghosh (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3466-867X
INDRAJIT PAL (Co-Investigator)
Zita Sebesvari (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7686-1227
Graham Roderick Smith (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7892-9632
Van Kien Nguyen (Co-Investigator)
Virginia Panizzo (Co-Investigator)
Nga Dao (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3975-8711
Oliver Hensengerth (Co-Investigator)
Binh Ho (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0072-540X
Tuong Thuy Vu (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6656-8016
Qiuhua Liang (Co-Investigator)
Pham Dang Tri Van (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2989-2001
Suzanne McGowan (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4034-7140
Thorsten Balke (Co-Investigator)
Amir AghaKouchak (Co-Investigator)
John Burgess Goddard (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8262-5394
Tanh Nguyen (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0847-4185
Graham Mark Long (Co-Investigator)
M. Shah Alam Khan (Co-Investigator)
Tran Thi Phung Ha (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4926-618X
Andrew Malcolm Law (Co-Investigator)
Matt Baillie Smith (Co-Investigator)
Sylvia Sylvia Szabo (Co-Investigator)
Manoj Kumar Roy (Co-Investigator)
Manas Kumar Sanyal (Co-Investigator)
Adrian Michael Bass (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3982-6582
Hayley Jane Fowler (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8848-3606
Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián (Co-Investigator)
Thai Van Nguyen (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8016-6830
Thi Thuy DUONG (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2045-7975
Thanh Son Vo (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8560-8880
Andrew Charles Henderson (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5944-3135
Efi Foufoula-Georgiou (Co-Investigator)
Sara Nowreen (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8116-4020
Gerard Esplin Corsane (Co-Investigator)
Liz Todd (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0080-555X
Muhammad Ashraf Ali (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9613-9565
Helen Mary Berry (Co-Investigator)
Fabrice Renaud (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0830-1196
Jaime M. Amezaga (Co-Investigator)
Darren Duxbury (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7285-8474
Hugh Metcalf (Co-Investigator)
Hue Thi Van Le (Co-Investigator)
Souvanic Roy (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6667-8429
Philip Barker (Co-Investigator)

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description During the first year of the Hub, the research focus has been on conceptual development, identifying field sites and building partnerships to support both delivery and the development of impact pathways. To this end, the Hub has generated limited primary research at this stage. However, we have developed a set of conceptual frames and delivery frameworks working with delta dwelling communities and relevant local stakeholders to develop monitoring plans and protocols.
Importantly during this time, the Hub has developed its approach to the UN SDGs and shared and embedded these among key networks for SDG implementation. Prof Graham Long, via Newcastle University, has been appointed a network convenor for the Association of Commonwealth Universities' SDG Network as a way of developing resources and sharing learning across all member universities - especially promoting capacity sharing with universities in ODA-recipient countries.
Hub representatives from WP5 attended UN ESCAP in March 2019, engaging with a range of stakeholders and advocating the GCRF Hub at that early stage in its existence.
Exploitation Route It is too early to say - the findings described here and our engagement with the SDG agenda should enable the Hub to be a strong position to take findings forward into policy and more importantly into communities.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description In this early stage of the Hub the impact possible is limited however through a series of formal launch events in January 2020 we have created an impact with policy makers and government in all four delta regions. These four events demonstrate the Hub's early engagement with policy makers and other influential stakeholders in order to maximise our potential impact later. All events and the attendance lists were led by our DAC partner collaborators. Additional details and their UK Government hosts are summarised below: 1) Hanoi, British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward, January 15th 2020. Attended by 84 people. 2) Ho Chi Minh City, British Counsel General, Iain Gibbons, January 16th 2020. Attended by 61 people. Both events in Vietnam included representatives of local and national government departments, local and national NGOs and research institutions. The outputs of these events included a 15 minute appearance on 29 Jan 2020 on VTC10 on TV and online (youtu.be/fxq3acr7wGA) and over 30 appearances in online/print media in both English and Vietnamese outlets. 3) Dhaka, British High Commissioner, Robert Chatterton-Dickson, January 19th 2020. Attended by approx. 50 people including local NGOs, representatives of DifD, NGOs and research institutions. 4) Kolkata, in partnership with the Government of West Bengal, UKRI India and Deputy High Commissioner Nick Low, January 21st 2020. Attended by 79 people (including 11 members of the West Bengal Government, 7 members of the media). Outputs includes over 10 appearances in online/print media in both English and Bengali outlets. It is too early to provide details of these events on policy impact or implementation; however, we anticipate that building these relationships early will help smooth these discussions later on. We have held follow-up discussions with several stakeholders, importantly with the Government of West Bengal where the Department of Environment have been open about the information gaps they are facing and expressed on a number of separate occasions that if we can feed environmental data to them as early as possible, policies for sustainable management and adaptation will ensue from this, hopefully within the Hub's lifetime.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Global Challenges Network 2019 - Newcastle Universty (Andy Large)
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Newcastle University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description Global Challenges Network 2020, Health - Newcastle Universty (Andy Large)
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Newcastle University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 08/2020
 
Description Bangladesh Government Departments 
Organisation Government of Bangladesh
Department Department of Social Services
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In the initial set up phase of the Hub we have engaged with a range of government departments in Bangladesh, this has been facilitated by partners in BUET. At this early stage these collaborations and partnerships have not been formalised we expect to do this in the coming months where appropriate. We anticipate that these relationships will be crucial the smooth running of the Hub and in our ability to maximise impact in Bangladesh. At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Collaborator Contribution At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Impact At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Bangladesh Government Departments 
Organisation Government of Bangladesh
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In the initial set up phase of the Hub we have engaged with a range of government departments in Bangladesh, this has been facilitated by partners in BUET. At this early stage these collaborations and partnerships have not been formalised we expect to do this in the coming months where appropriate. We anticipate that these relationships will be crucial the smooth running of the Hub and in our ability to maximise impact in Bangladesh. At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Collaborator Contribution At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Impact At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Bangladesh Government Departments 
Organisation Planning Commission (Bangladesh)
Department General Economic Division
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In the initial set up phase of the Hub we have engaged with a range of government departments in Bangladesh, this has been facilitated by partners in BUET. At this early stage these collaborations and partnerships have not been formalised we expect to do this in the coming months where appropriate. We anticipate that these relationships will be crucial the smooth running of the Hub and in our ability to maximise impact in Bangladesh. At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Collaborator Contribution At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Impact At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Bangladesh Government Departments 
Organisation Water Resources Planning Organization
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In the initial set up phase of the Hub we have engaged with a range of government departments in Bangladesh, this has been facilitated by partners in BUET. At this early stage these collaborations and partnerships have not been formalised we expect to do this in the coming months where appropriate. We anticipate that these relationships will be crucial the smooth running of the Hub and in our ability to maximise impact in Bangladesh. At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Collaborator Contribution At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Impact At this stage there are no specific contributions or outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Foreign and Commonwealth Office 
Organisation Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This partnership expands across the FCO in Vietnam, Bangladesh and India and has been facilitated by our DAC country partners. Through existing contacts within our network we were introduced to Gareth Ward, British Ambassador to Vietnam who quickly brokered introductions to counterparts in Ho Chi Minh City, British Counsel General Ian Gibbons, Dhaka High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson and Kolkata Deputy High Commissioner Nick Low. This network of partnerships has expanded to Nicola Willey Regional Director Science and Innovation, and Camilla Fenning Director SE Asia UK Climate/Energy Network. We, as the Hub, have provided access to our research plans and intentions and will support the agendas of the FCO in these regions for example in terms of Climate Change Adaptation initiatives and new approaches to quantifying the effects of plastics in delta landscapes. We foresee additional collaboration around COP26 in Glasgow 2020.
Collaborator Contribution The key contribution from the FCO in Vietnam, Bangladesh and India has been to host Hub launch events and in all cases were instrumental in ensuring media coverage and attendance of high profile delegates. More information about this available in the Engagement Section. However anticipate further contribution in terms of brokering access to key policy makers and other influential stakeholders throughout the lifetime of the hub.
Impact The main outcome from this partnership, so far, has been a series of launch events that are described in the engagement section.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Government of West Bengal - Department of Environment 
Organisation Government of West Bengal, India
Department Department of Environment and Pollution Control Board
Country India 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As described elsewhere in this submission we are in the early stages of partnership with the Government of West Bengal. In 2020 we will seek to formalise the arrangement through an MoU or MoA. A formal letter of invitation has already been sent and accepted and this is the first step in formalising this arrangement. We have formally engaged with the Principal Secretary Mr Prabhat Mishra on three separate occasions. He participated in a formal meeting at his office with a number of Hub members (DAC and UK) in November 2019; this was followed by him chairing our Hub launch event in Kolkata in January 2020 (See engagement events) and finally his presence for an afternoon at our Annual Hub Meeting in Kolkata (March 2020). This final meeting provided a chance to engage with researchers from the other deltas and to discuss research priorities going forward. This was invaluable and will help shape our research plans going forward. Mr Prabhat Mishra (male) is the key policy maker for environmental issues in West Bengal, we have also established a relationship with his Scientific Advisor Dipanjana Maulik (female) who has engaged in follow-up conversations in a number of areas.
Collaborator Contribution This partnership has been led by our partners in Kolkata, Prof Tuhin Ghosh and Sumana Banerjee and Jadavpur University with support from colleagues at the FCO and Deputy High Commissioners Office in Kolkata. As the collaboration is formalised, our aim is that it will be our partners in Kolkata who monitor and maintain it.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description UKRI GCRF Hub Managers Network 
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As one of 12 Hub Managers, our Hub Manager, Libby Wood, has taken a leading role in establishing this network. The first meeting of the 12 managers was held in Newcastle (November 2019) and collaboratively organised with Caroline Grundy from the UKRI GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub, and monthly meetings via video conference started in June 2019. This Collaboration between the managers has been essential in the initial set up of the Hub as we navigate the challenges of these multi-partner, multi-national and multi-million initiatives. In particular experience has been shared around reporting requirements, management of risk and expectations of different stakeholders.
Collaborator Contribution All 12 Hubs have contributed to this network in terms of shared best practice and learning. A key element of capacity strengthening within the UK.
Impact Non to indicate at the moment.
Start Year 2019
 
Description UN-ESCAP 
Organisation United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Country Thailand 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are in the early stages of this collaboration which began in March 2019 at the Asia Pacific People's Forum for Sustainable Development (APPFSD) and Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). These events were attend by Newcastle University PhD Candidate Jecel Censoro. Our engagement with UN ESCAP is through Sara Libera Zanetti and Environmental Consultant for the organisation. UNESCAP is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP works to overcome some of the region's greatest challenges by providing results oriented projects, technical assistance and capacity building to member. ESCAP promotes rigorous analysis and peer learning. ESCAP uses its convening power to bring countries together to address issues through regional cooperation. One way to do this is that ESCAP provides a regional forum for the UN SDGS. While this partnership is not yet formalised we have been in regular communication and been invited to contribute to the SDG Helpdesk: https://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/technical-assistance/best-practices. Having a presence here will be an important awareness and engagement activity of 2020.
Collaborator Contribution In the early stages of this collaboration communication has mostly been through the central team, however as tis develops it will be the Hub's in-region (DAC) partners who will take this collaboration forward. Progress on this has been stalled as this year's events have been postponed due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.
Impact None as of yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Vietnamese Government Departments and Ministries 
Organisation Government of Vietnam
Department National Center for Water Resources Planning and Investigation
Country Viet Nam 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In this early stage in the Hub we have been introduced to a significant number of regional and national government bodies in Vietnam. These relationships have been brokered by our Vietnamese partners who have well established and long standing collaborations in these areas. At the moment this has involved a range of meetings during fieldwork in both the Red River and Mekong River Delta. In the coming months we will seek to formalise the collaborations and partnerships where appropriate and outline roles and expectations in line with the Hubs aims. At the moment there are no formal contributions or outcomes to report, however we expect these relationships to be crucial to the smooth running of the Hub - both in terms of maximising impact, but also in terms of ensuring access to the sites and resources required within Vietnam.
Collaborator Contribution No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Impact No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Vietnamese Government Departments and Ministries 
Organisation Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Country Viet Nam 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In this early stage in the Hub we have been introduced to a significant number of regional and national government bodies in Vietnam. These relationships have been brokered by our Vietnamese partners who have well established and long standing collaborations in these areas. At the moment this has involved a range of meetings during fieldwork in both the Red River and Mekong River Delta. In the coming months we will seek to formalise the collaborations and partnerships where appropriate and outline roles and expectations in line with the Hubs aims. At the moment there are no formal contributions or outcomes to report, however we expect these relationships to be crucial to the smooth running of the Hub - both in terms of maximising impact, but also in terms of ensuring access to the sites and resources required within Vietnam.
Collaborator Contribution No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Impact No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Vietnamese Government Departments and Ministries 
Organisation Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam
Country Viet Nam 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In this early stage in the Hub we have been introduced to a significant number of regional and national government bodies in Vietnam. These relationships have been brokered by our Vietnamese partners who have well established and long standing collaborations in these areas. At the moment this has involved a range of meetings during fieldwork in both the Red River and Mekong River Delta. In the coming months we will seek to formalise the collaborations and partnerships where appropriate and outline roles and expectations in line with the Hubs aims. At the moment there are no formal contributions or outcomes to report, however we expect these relationships to be crucial to the smooth running of the Hub - both in terms of maximising impact, but also in terms of ensuring access to the sites and resources required within Vietnam.
Collaborator Contribution No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Impact No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Vietnamese Government Departments and Ministries 
Organisation Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam
Country Viet Nam 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In this early stage in the Hub we have been introduced to a significant number of regional and national government bodies in Vietnam. These relationships have been brokered by our Vietnamese partners who have well established and long standing collaborations in these areas. At the moment this has involved a range of meetings during fieldwork in both the Red River and Mekong River Delta. In the coming months we will seek to formalise the collaborations and partnerships where appropriate and outline roles and expectations in line with the Hubs aims. At the moment there are no formal contributions or outcomes to report, however we expect these relationships to be crucial to the smooth running of the Hub - both in terms of maximising impact, but also in terms of ensuring access to the sites and resources required within Vietnam.
Collaborator Contribution No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Impact No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Vietnamese Government Departments and Ministries 
Organisation Worldfish
Country Malaysia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution In this early stage in the Hub we have been introduced to a significant number of regional and national government bodies in Vietnam. These relationships have been brokered by our Vietnamese partners who have well established and long standing collaborations in these areas. At the moment this has involved a range of meetings during fieldwork in both the Red River and Mekong River Delta. In the coming months we will seek to formalise the collaborations and partnerships where appropriate and outline roles and expectations in line with the Hubs aims. At the moment there are no formal contributions or outcomes to report, however we expect these relationships to be crucial to the smooth running of the Hub - both in terms of maximising impact, but also in terms of ensuring access to the sites and resources required within Vietnam.
Collaborator Contribution No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Impact No formal contributions or outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description "Science to power Sustainable Development Goals: 11 years to maximize on synergies and opportunities between the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UNU-EHS and the Institute for Natural Sciences in Africa (UNU-INRA) hosted a side event "Science to power Sustainable Development Goals: 11 years to maximize on synergies and opportunities between the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030" at the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on 9 July 2019. Advocating the need to bring the Agenda 2030 (the SDGs) and the Paris Agreement together, UNU-EHS advocated for the use of science-based approaches in the realization of the two agendas considering several challenges relating to water, energy, and land degradation. This work is adjacent to that of the Hub and having key members of the Hub leadership engaged in such events ensures that the work we are carrying out in the Hub remains embedded into the SDG agenda. While the impact of this event on the Hub is not yet known it is part of a wider process of engagement that will ensure greater impact of the Hub in the long run.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019
 
Description 1st RMetS Climate Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Fowler, H.J. 2019. Water Cycle Risks talk. 1st RMetS Climate Forum, London, 4th June 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC radio 5 Live - Interview with Manoj Roy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Manoj Roy from Lancaster University has collaborated with BBC radio 5 Live journalist Amra Spphia Elahi on an audio documentary to inform the BBC listeners about climate change impacts on the life and livelihoods of char dwellers, and rice farmers in the Haor region of Bangladesh. Unfortunately, the programme wasn't aired due to the timing coinciding with Brexit-related breaking news in July/August 2019. Nonetheless it had important impact on BBC's understanding of the drivers and patterns of livelihoods in the GBM delta and we hope will be aired soon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Dealing with Disasters, GCRF, UK Alliance for Disaster Research, Disasters Research Group and UK Collaborative for Development Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dealing with Disasters, GCRF, UK Alliance for Disaster Research, Disasters Research Group and UK Collaborative for Development Research was organised by Northumbria University with presentations by Andy Large (Newcastle) Louise Bracken (Durham) and Qiuhua Liang (Loughborough). This international event was held on 18th July, detailed information on attendees is not available however this was a primarily UK event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Environmental Rights: Law, Science and Policy Symposium, 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Fowler, H.J. 2019. talk on Climate and Water Cycle Risks. Environmental Rights: Law, Science and Policy Symposium, King's College London, 24th June 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Global Challenges Research Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event was organised by a collective of UK North East Universities (Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham) to highlight the work these universities are doing around the Global Challenges and to foster new collaboration. Prof Tuhin Ghosh from Jadavpur University, Prof Louise Bracken from Durham University, Prof Matt Baillie-Smith from Northumbria University and Dr Cat Button from Newcastle University took part in the panel "Intractable Challenges?: Reflections on the GCRF Hubs in practice" and Sumana Banerjee also from Jadavpur University "Enabling Global Challenges Success". The event sparked lots of interesting discussion around how to involve partners in the Global South more in setting the agenda for Global Challenges and there have been discussion about future opportunities for collaboration. The majority of participants were UK based but we were pleased to have the opportunity to invite our DAC county partners from Jadavpur University to take part.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/global-challenges-summit-2019/
 
Description Innovative Information Services for Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Resilience 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Manas Sanyal (IIEST) represented the GCRF Living Deltas Hub at a Workshop titled "Innovative information services for sustainable agriculture and climate resilience" organised by Sheffield Hallam University in Kolkata on the 2nd of July, 2019. The workshop brought together practitioners, policy makers and researchers from across India and Bangladesh to share experiences of how innovative information services can help rural communities to build climate resilience and to adopt sustainable practices. Example services include: localised weather information services, flood warning services, community knowledge sharing services, digital agricultural extension services etc. The Workshop demonstrated how the Hub can build upon work carried out elsewhere and engage with existing networks to ensure maximum impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Institute Hazard, Risk and Resilience Annual Workshop, Durham (Louise Bracken) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Louise presented Living Deltas at the Durham institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) annual workshop, 10th October 2019. The event marked The International Day for Disaster Reduction. This day was started in 1989, following a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. The event is held to celebrate how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/ihrr/about/events/?eventno=44206
 
Description International Society for River Science - Living Deltas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The International Society for River Science held its 6th Biennial Symposium in Vienna 8th-13th Sept 2019. Professor Andy Large presented Living Deltas. The audience included research institutions, administrative organisations, government agencies, engineering consultants, decision-makers and environmental organisations. Details of DAC/non-DAC participation and gender breakdown is not available. This is a key event in river science and emphasised research related to the use and protection of water resources with a focus on highly modified riverine landscapes. The event linked research at different trophic, temporal and spatial scales in order to build bridges between ecology, geomorphology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, social sciences, environmental engineering, technology and economics. This was important for the Hub in raising awareness in the academic community and reaching out to an international audience. This event was crucial in promoting the Early Career Research Positions that were soon to be advertised at the time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://riversociety.org/isrs-2019-announced-vienna-in-september/
 
Description Living Deltas Launch Event - Dhaka 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event held with British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson took place in Dhaka on the 19th January 2020. The event included opening remarks from Robert Chatterton Dickson and a presentations from Prof Andy Large and Prof Shah Alam Khan (BUET). The audience of 50 attendees (information disaggregated by gender is not available) included representatives of local and national government departments, local and national NGOs and research institutions who engaged in discussion following the presentations. This event was organised by in region (DAC) partners and the majority of the audience were from the local area. We will assess the impact of this and the other launch events when we have had the opportunity to follow, finalise and formalise the collaborations and partnerships made.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Living Deltas Launch Event - Hanoi 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This official launch event of the Hub held was in collaboration with the British Ambassador to Vietnam, Gareth Ward in Hanoi on January 15th 2020. Over 80 people attended including representatives of local and national government departments, local and national NGOs and research institutions, this information is not available disaggregated by gender, this event was organised by DAC county partners and was aimed at a local audience, less than 10% of the audience was not from the region (DAC Country). The event included opening remarks from Gareth Ward. In addition to a presentation on the Hub by Prof Andy Large, Prof Hue Le (VNU) and Prof Duc Anh Trinh (VINATOM), an open Q&A session followed, which included Ms Camilla Fenning, Head of the South East Asia Climate and Energy Network. Among the attendees were senior members of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) who will be key ensuring greater impact of the Hubs outputs and outcomes in the future. All contacts will be invited to join our mailing list and we will follow up with many in terms of ensuring access and impact throughout the Hub. This and the event in Ho Chi Minh City were covered in over 30 media outlets including a TV interview (see separate output).

All four HUb launch events included here are important stepping stones in engagement with policy makers and governments and other high profile stakeholders. This activity will improve our possibilities for impact at later date, in some cases this early engagement will also improve our access and ability to carry out research in certain regions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxq3acr7wGA
 
Description Living Deltas Launch Event - Ho Chi Minh City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This official launch event of the Hub held was in collaboration with the British Counsel General In Ho Chi Minh City, Ian Gibbons on January 16th 2020. Over 50 people attended including representatives of local and national government departments, local and national NGOs and research institutions, this information is not available disaggregated by gender, this event was organised by DAC county partners and was aimed at a local audience, less than 10% of the audience were not from the region. The event included opening remarks from Ian Gibbons and an address by Nicola Willey, Regional Director of Science and Innovation at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In addition to a presentation on the Hub by Prof Andy Large, Prof Thanh Nguyen (AGU) and Prof Tri Van Pham Dang (CTU) was followed by an open Q&A session.

All contacts will be invited to join our mailing list and we will follow up with many in terms of ensuring access and impact throughout the Hub. This and the event in Hanoi were covered in over 30 media outlets. A detailed interview was given to Vietnamese TV by Prof Andy Large during this event but it has not yet been aired.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Living Deltas website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Living Deltas website is still in development but has already proven to be a key tool in our engagement with all stakeholders. The website has helped establish our brand and online image. Over the coming year this will include information of all the people in the hub, helping to increase the profile of early career researchers. In addition to sharing more information about our current progress and plans. The website currently includes a blog that will include contributions from all members of the Hub, but we expect to be driven by early career researchers (PDRAS, SRAs Research Fellows). This will also be the home of our regular Newsletter (to be established summer 2020) that will be circulated to external stakeholders on a quarterly basis. As the website has been in development we are not able to report on the metrics of engagement at this stage but will track its progress and report this in coming years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL http://livingdeltas.org/
 
Description Newcastle Climate Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk on climate science and emergency at Newcastle Climate Summit in Feb 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Public Talk: The extreme future of extreme weather 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Fowler, H.J. 2019. Public Talk: The extreme future of extreme weather. Pint of Science Festival, Newcastle, 21st May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Royal Meteorological Society, RMETS Yorkshire Group talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Fowler, H.J. 2019. The reality of climate change: increasing extreme weather hazards. Royal Meteorological Society, RMETS Yorkshire Group, University of Leeds, 16th October 2019. public talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Royal Society hooke meeting organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Organised discussion meeting at the Royal Society on Intensification of sub-daily extreme rainfall and flash flood risks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Royal Society of Chemical Industry talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Fowler, H.J. 2019. Public Lecture: Climate Change: Increasing Extreme Weather and Impacts on Water Resources. Royal Society of Chemical Industry, London, 26th June 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sundarbans, climate change and the UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Transdisciplinary Research Hub (Launch Event, Kolkata) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event "Sundarbans, climate change and the UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Transdisciplinary Research Hub" was held in partnership with the Government of West Bengal (GOWB), UKRI India and Deputy High Commissioner Nick Low on January 21. Attended by 79 people, including 11 members of the West Bengal Government, 7 members of the media, 6 non DAC (UK) attendees, (this information is not available disaggregated by gender but we noted the need for more gender balance on the panel for future events). The event was opened by Mr Prabhat Misra IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Environment, GOWB and included an address by Ms Rebecca Fairbairn, Director, UK Research & Innovation India, Dr Kalyan Rudra, Chairman, West Bengal Pollution Control Board and Mr Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata. This was followed by a panel discussion with other key members of the Hub: Prof Souvanic Roy (IIEST) and Professor Tuhin Ghosh (Jadavpur University). The workshop included an open Q&A from the audience. Outputs includes over 10 appearances in online/print media in both English and Bengali outlets. Notably the event helped establish a good working relationship with Principal Secretary of West Bengal Department of Environment, Prabhat Mishra. This is the start of a key partnership with this key policy making body in West Bengal. The principal secretary then attended our 2nd annual research meeting in Kolkata March 2020 to address the whole Hub and discuss key areas of policy interest including Mangrove preservation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/sunderbans-climate-research/cid/1738836
 
Description Talk to Climate Change Committee (Newcastle City Council) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk on climate science to Newcastle City Council Climate Change Committee in Jan 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Twitter @LivingDeltas 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our Hub twitter account @LivingDeltas has 412 followers, making between 10,000 and 26,000 tweet impressions a month with up to 500 profile visits a month. This is our main engagement tool for the academic community outside of those involved in the Hub. However it has also proven to be a key tool in engaging with policy makers and governments. In particular the Launch Events held in January 2020 received excellent coverage and engagement on Twitter. The relationship with the FCO ultimately leading to the January 2020 launches was catalysed through a twitter introduction to the British Ambassador to Vietnam, Gareth Ward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://twitter.com/livingdeltas
 
Description VINANST-13 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact VINANST-13 took place in Halong Bay, Vietnam on August 7 - 9, 2019 in close collaboration between VINATOM and Quang Ninh Department of Science and Technology. The event had attendance from domestic and international experts, scientists, senior managers, researchers, especially representatives from International Atomic Energy Agency and its Member States with developed nuclear science and technology. Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) is a collaborating organisation in Living Deltas and are co-organisers of this conference. Prof Duc Anh Trinh a Co-I of Living Deltas presented in the workshop "IAEA Workshop on "Applications of Nuclear and Isotope Techniques for Water and Environment Studies " entitled "Assessing human impacts on the Red River Delta, Vietnam, to enable sustainable hydrological management". This type of event helps increase awareness of the Hub among local stakeholders, and we will continue to encourage CO-Is from DAC Country partners to lead and engage on this type of activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://vinanst.vinatom.gov.vn/public/files/General_Program_of_VINANST-XIII-EN-final.pdf
 
Description VTC10 - Vietnamese News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the launch event in Hanoi Hub Director Andy Large, and Co-Is Hue Le and Duc Anh Trinh (from VNU-CRES and VINATOM respectively) were interviewed by Vietnamese TV station VTC-10. This was shown as 15 minute piece on 29 Jan 2020 on TV and online. The TV audience is not known but the online video has been viewed more than 40,000 times in Vietnam. The piece discusses the aims and objectives of the Hub, as well as the importance of the Red River and Mekong River Deltas to Vietnam. Importantly the piece also discusses the threat of climate change to these regions and the communities the support. This piece has led to additional enquires for information and has been shared widely on social media in addition to through VTC-10 channels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://youtu.be/fxq3acr7wGA
 
Description Wayfinder: a Resilience Guide for Navigating Toward Sustainable Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Wayfinder: a Resilience Guide for Navigating Toward Sustainable Future was training workshop held 8-10 October 2019 and organized by IUCN Bangladesh and Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Sylhet, Bangladesh and was attended by Prof Manas Sanyal and Prof Souvanic Roy (IIEST). This workshop was organised by DAC Country organisations and attended by people from across Asia. Way­fnder is a resilience guide for navigating toward sustainable futures. The purpose is to develop sufficient collective understanding and insight into complex system dynamics to allow stakeholders at multiple levels to 'learn' their way towards a more sustainable future together. A flyer on this tool is attached for perusal of the others. This is an example of early engagement of the Hub with other regional-level initiatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description keynote Atmospheric Science Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Fowler, H.J. 2019. Keynote: Global intensification in observed short-duration rainfall extremes. Atmospheric Science Conference 2019; Weather, Climate and Air Quality, Birmingham, 2nd - 3rd July, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019