Social inclusion in Water Climate Adaptation. Why Quantifying social inclusion matters.

The importance of social inclusion in water climate adaptation is widely acknowledged. Vulnerable people are most severely impacted by the changing climate. In addition (badly designed) interventions may benefit some (already privileged) but negatively affect vulnerable people for example when their houses or livelihoods are sacrificed for new infrastructure. Despite the recognition of this issue, making social inclusion tangible is both challenging and overlooked. In this lunch talk experts in the field of risk and impact assessment, evaluation and disaster response modelling present why quantifying social inclusion matters and how this can be done.

The Dutch water sector is known for many international efforts in masterplanning and climate adaptation in countries all over the world. Efforts have been undertaken in the Philippines, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and many more countries. Dutch organizations bring knowledge and expertise to the table to help these countries cope with water-related challenges such as land subsidence, coastal erosion, climate change and environmental degradation.

However, achieving sustained impact is only possible when connecting with, learning from and cooperate with local communities. Improving social inclusion and participation in water climate adaptation is an ambition of the Dutch Water sector.

This lunch talk series is an initiative by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) , Deltares and Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) to make knowledge and insights on improving social inclusion in climate adaptation available.


12.00 Opening Dennis van Peppen
Stephanie Janssen Deltares
12.05 Risk assessments are usually standard while distributional impacts and different concepts of fairness can be evaluated Bramka Arga Jafino

Ruben Dahm

12.25 Presentation on modelling methods for people’s response to events and that including these analysis improves understanding of feasibility and impact of measures Frederique de Groen
12.40 Time for sharing knowledge and discussion moderator
13.00 End of lunch talk

Introducing our speakers

Brahmka Arga Jafino
Dr. Bramka Arga Jafino is a researcher on climate change adaptation at Deltares. His works revolve around operationalizing equity in various domains, such as adaptation planning for the Vietnam Mekong Delta, climate impact assessment in Pacific Island Countries, and transport network planning in Bangladesh. Bramka recently finished his PhD on socially inclusive adaptation pathways for an urbanised delta in An Giang province, Vietnam.

Ruben Dahm
Ruben Dahm is senior researcher at Deltares with a focus on urban water management, integrated flood risk management, and water & societal stability

Frederique de Groen
Frederique de Groen an expert on the quantification of natural hazard impact assessments and modelling human responses at Deltares.



Figure 2: Different dimensions of social inclusion (Deltares et al., 2019)