Delta cities help each other

Delta cities throughout the world have joined forces. Despite major differences, they all have to deal with the growing threat of flooding and innundation as a consequence of climate change.

In the Connecting Delta Cities network, expertise and experience are shared.

It pays to do some comparative shopping around the world. Which solution suits this city?

Two-thirds of the world's largest citiesare situated in deltas or in coastal zones; areas that have been designated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as very vulnerable. As a consequence of climate change, these cities are increasingly having to contend with flooding, due to rainfall and the rising sea level. It is expected that, in the course of this century, more than half of the world population will be living in delta cities.

Connecting Delta Cities, a practical network of delta cities, was formed in 2008. A number of initiatives had arisen simultaneously. Scientist Jeroen Aerts made a documentary about how cities were dealing with rising sea levels; water management expert Piet Dircke was closely involved in the American-Dutch exchange of expertise in water management read more »

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This is an abstract of an article, published in the magazine Deltas in times of climate change.

Author of this article
Ria de Wit

Books & publications

Connecting Delta Cities
Sharing knowledge and working on adaptation to climate change
Written by Piet Dircke, Jeroen Aerts and Arnoud Molenaar
ISBN: 978-90-816067-1-4


Prof Jeroen Aerts
Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam

Arnoud Molenaar
Programme Manager Rotterdam Climate Proof

Piet Dircke
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences