Resilient Urban Deltas and Floodplains Summit – 4th November 2016

Workshop 1 – Utilising flood risk management as a driver for building resilience

To initiate this workshop, an Australian-Queensland  perspective on flood risk management from Graeme Milligan, General Manager Resilience and Recovery from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and a Dutch/international perspective on water risks from  Henk Ovink Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands set the scene.

Subsequently three pairs of pitches from a Dutch and an Australian perspective were presented on the topics of :

  • Challenges of multi-level Governance
  • Synergistic approaches of flood management with other objectives in a region
  • Role of design thinking

The workshop participants then split into 3 groups and using a “world cafe” technique that provides a sequence of feedback, participants built various ideas of their own and off the view of the other groups as they progressed around the 3 topic tables.

Henk’s presentation

Information on the Rebuild by Design program in partnership with  the 100 Resilient Cities

Information of the Dutch Delta program 


Challenges of multi-level Governance –

Jelte J. Bosma Strategy Consultant – Dutch Water Authorities and Mark Pascoe CEO International Water Centre


Paul’s presentation 

Synergistic approaches of flood management with other objectives in a region

Paul McDonald Healthy Waterways and Catchments and Gert-Jan de Maagd – Knowledge Manager, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Gert-Jan’s presentation

James’ presentation

Role of design thinking

James Davidson – Principal at James Davidson Architect and

Steven Slabbers – Managing Director Bosch Slabbers 

Steven’s presentation and speech

Workshop 2 – Resilient cities are smart cities

In this workshop, local host Abel Immaraj – Manager Service Strategies, Queensland Urban Utilities teamed up with the Simones (Delft based S van Schijndel Director Geotechnical Engineering and Brisbane based S de Kleermaeker – Regional Coordination Oceania – both from Deltares) and Leanne Reichard – International Bushiness Director at Hydrologic to run this engaging workshop.

The team took advantage of the Smart Scanner as a tool to explore how water management measures can be implemented in a local neighborhood.  Questions posed included, as a decision maker how close are you to influencing the solution and how does one best work with other decision makers.  Plenty of healthy debate and table talk ensued and thanks to all the participants for be willing to explore what this might mean.

Scaling up the challenge to the City and regional scale was the next focus for discussion.  Sharing the journey and experience from Rotterdam, Arnoud Molenaar – Chief Resilience Officer at City of Rotterdam gave a fascinating insight on what has happened in this major port City.

Scene setting presentation from Simone and Leanne