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Resilient Cities and Climate Change Adaptation

Resilient Cities and Climate Change Adaptation

Placed on 08 november 2017

Last week the Amsterdam International Water Week took place. This conference was attended by water professionals all over the world to exchange ideas and learn from each other. On Wednesday the 1st of November a session took place on Resilient Cities and Climate Change Adaptation. In this session, a team of TU Delft students together with students from Myanmar and Young Experts (YEP) had the privilege to present their research on developing a sustainable Dala.


The city of Yangon (the largest city in Myanmar) is developing and growing very fast. To deal with this rapid urbanization, the government has approved plans to build a bridge over the Yangon river to the township of Dala. This will mean that in the near future, Dala will be developed and urbanised in a rapid manner – a population growth of almost 700.000 people is expected. In order to lay the foundation for a sustainable development of Dala – a group of TU Delft students (all from different backgrounds) teamed up with a group of Myanmar students from the Yangon Technological University (YTU) and the Myanmar Maritime University (MMU) to work on an innovative and sustainable scenario. For two months they worked on this project, with support and guidance of several Myanmar senior experts as well as two Dutch Young Experts of the YEP program.


Their work is a prime example of co-creation and building bridges – building bridges not only across rivers, but across disciplines, cultures, networks and generations! By working together and thinking outside the box they came up with a possible scenario that could have great benefits for Dala. For VPdelta and the TU Delft this case again proved the added value of involving students and young professionals when dealing with the complicated global water challenges. We would like to congratulate the team of students for hard work and dedication and a big thank you to all the involved partners (e.g. the YEP program, Nuffic, the Myanmar stakeholders and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Myanmar)!

In case you missed it – see the movie the students made and get an impression of Dala!