The Netherlands Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh

EKN Water Program

The overall aim of the water Program is to contribute to a healthy living environment and wellbeing for the population, in particular for the poor and vulnerable, that supports economic growth in a country where it is anticipated there will be more extreme rainfall, higher sea water levels, increasing industrial pollution and further urbanization. Bangladesh continues to have high needs and expectations for close bilateral cooperation in the area of water management. Important challenges in that area include climate change adaptation, providing protection against storm surges along the coast, preventing floods in cities, and ensuring a sustainable water supply in light of groundwater depletion, arsenic and industrial contamination, and saline water intrusion along the coast.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) Water Program for the period 2014-2017 will focus on assisting the Government of Bangladesh in the formulation of a Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) and Framework 2100 which will in turn provide the basis for on-going and new activities in the areas of (i) participatory water management in the existing polders and in the reclaimed land of the coastal zone, (ii) river management, (iii) drinking water and sanitation in rural and urban areas and (iv) skills development and institutional strengthening.

For further background information of our water programs, please refer to our Multi Annual Strategic Plan (MASP) 2014-2017.