The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Natural Hazards & Nature-based Solutions Platform

A new website has been launched to provide support and resources for those working around nature-based solutions and disaster risk reduction. The Natural Hazards – Nature-based Solutions platform is a hub for projects, investments, guidance and studies making use of nature to reduce the risks associated with natural hazards. Its objective is to host and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences and lessons learned from a range of stakeholders, to provide guidance on the planning and implementation of nature-based solutions, and to champion these solutions in the arenas of policy-making and investment for disaster risk reduction.
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Job Opening: Lead Hydrologist at Deltares

From Deltares:
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Are you looking for a position in an international environment for addressing the hydrological challenges of our customers? We have an interesting vacancy available!

LEAD HYDROLOGIST

The unit Inland Water Systems has over 175 employees, divided into the following six departments: Operational Water Management and Early Warning, Catchment and Urban Hydrology, Flood Risk Management, River Dynamics and Inland Shipping, Fresh Water Ecology and Water Quality and Water and Delta Management.

The Department of Catchment and Urban Hydrology is involved in a wide range of projects. In the Netherlands we work for Rijkswaterstaat and the Water Boards. Internationally, we are active in projects for the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank, e.g. in South East Asia, South-America and Africa. Furthermore, we participate in H2020 projects for the European Union.

We develop new approaches and tools for hydrology at different levels: from the global and river basin scale to the level of districts and roads.

In the interaction with the other units / departments of Deltares we create our added value in projects focussing on integrated water management, forecasting and multi-hazard impact assessment.

The Department currently consists of 25 hydrologists, one third with a PhD. A research and development and a customer-oriented attitude are important to us. The Department is located in Delft, the Netherlands.
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Implementing nature based flood protection: Principles and implementation guidance

Earlier this year Deltares held a workshop entitled "Scaling Up Nature-Based Flood Risk Reduction." The goal of the workshop was to explore principles and guidance for planning, design, and implementation of nature-based solutions for flood risk management as an alternative to or complementary to conventional engineering measures.

Following the workshop in April, the World Bank has now published a full report (in English) outlining the principles and implementation steps that will lead to more effective flood risk management. You can access this open-source guidance document for free from the World Bank's website here.
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AGWA and Bottom-Up Methodologies Represented at Chinese Conference

This guest blog was written by Ad Jeuken of Deltares.
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My visit was the result of an invitation from the World Future Council to speak at their Future of Cities forum in Tianjin. This event was a sub-forum of the Eco-City Forum. My presentation at the Forum was complemented by an additional expert meeting to the city of Huangshi, two days later. My message was around quantitative planning methods (like CRIDA) that incorporate climate robustness and flexibility in the planning to account for future uncertainty. The visit was a good occasion to learn more about the Sponge city development in general and in Huangshi in particular. Read More...
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