The Delta Coalition (DC) is the world’s first international coalition of governments that have formed a partnership to deal with integrated management and sustainable development of the Deltas. It is the outcome of the event on ‘Building an International Coalition for Integrated Delta Management and Resilience’ which was co-hosted by the Netherlands, Colombia and Japan during the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).
In May 2016, the Delta Coalition was officially launched at a Ministerial Conference in Rotterdam. The Netherlands served as the first Chair of the DC followed by Bangladesh as the second Chair. Egypt is the third and current Chair of the Delta Coalition till the third ministerial conference.
The Coalition is a platform for discussion, exchange, innovation and creativity between the participating members and observers contributing as much as possible to the agreed objectives.
As main objectives, the Delta Coalition is aimed at addressing climate change adaptation in the Deltas taking into account disaster risk reduction, food and water security, urban as well as rural development, spatial planning, integrated river basin and coastal zone management etc. The Coalition will exhaust all-out efforts in the pursuit of resilience as well as sustained lives and livelihood activities of the people of the Deltas.
The three key objectives of the Coalition are as follows:
- Work together to get deltas on the agenda worldwide;
- Facilitate developing and exchanging knowledge and information on deltas, resilience and inclusive sustainable delta development and increasing availability of it.
- Promote practical implementation and cooperation to increase the resilience of the deltas and enhance the investments in sustainable urban as well as rural delta management.
Delta Coalition Third Ministerial Conference
Cairo, October 2018
The Delta Coalition Third Ministerial Conference shall be organized in Cairo in October 2018 during the first Cairo Water Week.River deltas comprise roughly five percent of global land area and are home to more than 500 million people. Delta regions are major contributors to national economics and the deltaic ecosystem shapes a dynamic ecological and social environments as well as socio-cultural dynamics of the population of delta regions. Many Deltas in Africa and Asia were identified by IPCC as being especially vulnerable hotspots to climate change and sea level rise. The impacts resulted in increased risk of death, injury, ill-health, or disrupted livelihood in low-laying coastal zones due to storm surges, coastal flooding and sea level rise. Delta environments – while rich in ecosystem diversity and a center point of economic activities of the populations – are posed with increasing challenges inter alia coastal flooding, wetland loss, shoreline retreat and loss of infrastructure etc. owing to growing pace of human development activities and the impacts of climate change. These challenges required measures to increase resilience and an integrated management of Delta.