Webinar 1: Squeeze an orange, but do not squeeze the delta’s coast please! (October 8, 2015)

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Renske Peters (Delta Alliance)
Marcel Stive (TU Delft)

About the webinar

The Delta Alliance is a knowledge driven network of organisations in over 16 deltas (wings) with the mission is to improve and monitor the resilience of the world’s deltas. The Delta Alliance connects researchers, policy makers and practitioners in it’s worldwide network to share and integrate knowledge, explore best practices and innovations and foster new research.

With increasing pressure from population growth, urbanization, industrialization and a changing climate, it is more important than ever that Deltas, with valuable and vulnerable locations increase their resilience to changing conditions. This webinar focuses on knowledge sharing on coastal area’s specifically.

During the presentation of Mrs. Renske Peters, director of the Delta Alliance, you will find out how you can contribute with your own organisation to the Delta Alliance and its activities.

The second speaker in the webinar is Marcel Stive from TU Delft. TU Delft is one of the partners of Delta Alliance. He will explain what is meant with “coastal squeeze” and will give a presentation on the current situation of deltas and it’s management. He will also share his view on the way forward.

“Coastal squeeze” is a disease that has caused serious trouble along most coasts around our world. Massive urbanisation and occupation of the land-water transition has caused an enormous stress on the land-water ecosystems. These ecosystems have been deprived of their capacity to absorb the impact of extreme events and their resilience. This does refer to many of our natural land-water transitions, beach and dune systems, salt marsh systems, mangrove systems etc. Besides squeeze we have depleted our sediment sources in rivers, causing sediment source reductions that are unprecedented. Where many references do not yet acknowledge that most deltas are retreating, this is reality. And, this is NOT due to climate change alone, in fact mostly this is due to ground water extraction. This is politically a non-welcome message, but it is the truth.

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