Now, more than ever, the world is facing challenges that need a collective response

We recognise the urgency of international environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity loss… Through research and education we aim to develop transformative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the natural world and the human societies which rely on it

Interdisciplinary  Research

A Global Challenge

Areas of Focus

Now more than ever the World is facing challenges that need a collective response.

 

We are living in a globally inter-connected world where everything from climate change, pandemics and employment to conflict, water security and mass migration are linked and impact us all. The UK Government’s answer to some of the world’s most pressing challenges is 12 new global-scale, interdisciplinary Research Hubs which seek to develop creative and sustainable solutions to make the World, and the UK, safer, healthier and more prosperous. River deltas comprise only one per cent of global landscapes yet support over half a billion people through their rich resources and economic opportunities. Today however, delta ecosystems are being altered at a greater rate than at any time in history and face existential threats from over-exploitation of natural resources, climate change and predicted sea level rise, combined with changing sediment budgets, saline intrusion and sinking land. South and Southeast Asian deltas are among the world’s most vulnerable: imprudent resource use and the wider pressure for development continually threaten to compromise the dynamism of natural processes at this delicate interface between land and ocean. This tension presents a major international development challenge: how to avoid the collapse of South and SE Asian deltas as functioning, highly productive social-ecological systems in the face of human development and projected adverse consequences of climate change.

The GCRF harnesses the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers.

 

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) forms part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) research and innovation funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who aims to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance livelihoods for the poorest people and countries. BEIS aims to support cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses global issues affecting developing countries.  Working in tandem with global partner networks, all 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs, including Living Deltas, focus on challenge-led, disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; strengthening capability for research, innovation and knowledge exchange; and providing agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.  The GCRF will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system and supporting wider UK prosperity and global influence.  The UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub involves delta-dwellers and the research community working together to develop new knowledge and policies to safeguard delta futures through more resilient communities and more sustainable development.

We focus on : the Red River, Mekong and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna.

 

The GCRF Hub’s core outcome will be better achievement of SDGs for all the listed DAC countries through addressing the specific context and challenges of three major river deltas. The Hub uses a natural-cultural heritage research lens towards achieving delta-relevant SDGs for densely inhabited and globally-important delta social-ecological systems: the Mekong and Red River deltas (Vietnam) and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India). Deltas are affected by activities further up their catchments, so the Hub also aims to engage with upstream riparian countries.  These deltas are among the World’s most vulnerable and delicate social-ecological systems, and the Hub aims to directly address issues of growing global concern as to how their status can be maintained in the face of continued exploitation, environmental degradation and threats of global climate change.  The Hub will work through non-hierarchical, ‘equitable partnership’ built on mutual understanding and trust.  We will involve delta-dwellers, policymakers and the academic research community in co-creating baseline delta assessments and data sets and advocating policy for implementing gender-equal SDG-based action for better delta futures.

Our 4 Goals

  • More equitable (gender, youth, women) livelihoods for delta dwellers
  • Sustainable management of delta landscapes
  • Stronger local to regional monitoring toward sustainable development
  • Better local and national policies for delta sustainability

5 Year Example Deliverables

  • Delta-specific, indicator-based SDG assessment framework to support vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • Low cost, stakeholder-driven, data-collection systems
  • Innovative Delta Health Index for environmental planning and governance
  • Delta level interventions to achieve sustainable coastal systems
  • Participatory capacity-building frameworks (communities, NGOs, authorities)

Our Work Packages

 

 

Focuses

on heritage, livelihoods and delta living, and builds shared narratives of pasts, presents and alternative futures

 

 

Aims

to provide robust characterization and integrated risk-assessments of deltaic social-ecological systems

 

 

 

 

Develops

delta-level interventions to respond to and mitigate against foreseeable coastal system tipping points

 

Oversees

capacity-building and capacity-sharing towards better SDG attainment in our target delta social-ecological systems

 

Delivers

a natural and cultural heritage-sensitive, delta-specific SDG monitoring framework

 

 

Quantifies

how human impacts are changing deltas, and the consequences for natural and cultural heritage

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Now, more than ever, the world is facing challenges that need a collective response

Now more than ever the world is facing challenges that need a collective response.

 

We are living in a globally inter-connected world where everything from climate change, pandemics and employment to conflict, water security and mass migration are linked and impact us all. The UK Government’s answer to some of the world’s most pressing challenges is 12 new global-scale, interdisciplinary Research Hubs which seek to develop creative and sustainable solutions to make the World, and the UK, safer, healthier and more prosperous. River deltas comprise only one per cent of global landscapes yet support over half a billion people through their rich resources and economic opportunities. Today however, delta ecosystems are being altered at a greater rate than at any time in history and face existential threats from over-exploitation of natural resources, climate change and predicted sea level rise, combined with changing sediment budgets, saline intrusion and sinking land. South and Southeast Asian deltas are among the world’s most vulnerable: imprudent resource use and the wider pressure for development continually threaten to compromise the dynamism of natural processes at this delicate interface between land and ocean. This tension presents a major international development challenge: how to avoid the collapse of South and SE Asian deltas as functioning, highly productive social-ecological systems in the face of human development and projected adverse consequences of climate change..

The GCRF harnesses the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers.

 

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) forms part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) research and innovation funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who aims to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance livelihoods for the poorest people and countries. BEIS aims to support cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses global issues affecting developing countries.  Working in tandem with global partner networks, all 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs, including Living Deltas, focus on challenge-led, disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; strengthening capability for research, innovation and knowledge exchange; and providing agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.  The GCRF will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system and supporting wider UK prosperity and global influence.  The UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub involves delta-dwellers and the research community working together to develop new knowledge and policies to safeguard delta futures through more resilient communities and more sustainable development.

We focus on : the Red River, Mekong and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna.

 

The GCRF Hub’s core outcome will be better achievement of SDGs for all the listed DAC countries through addressing the specific context and challenges of three major river deltas. The Hub uses a natural-cultural heritage research lens towards achieving delta-relevant SDGs for densely inhabited and globally-important delta social-ecological systems: the Mekong and Red River deltas (Vietnam) and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India). Deltas are affected by activities further up their catchments, so the Hub also aims to engage with upstream riparian countries.  These deltas are among the World’s most vulnerable and delicate social-ecological systems, and the Hub aims to directly address issues of growing global concern as to how their status can be maintained in the face of continued exploitation, environmental degradation and threats of global climate change.  The Hub will work through non-hierarchical, ‘equitable partnership’ built on mutual understanding and trust.  We will involve delta-dwellers, policymakers and the academic research community in co-creating baseline delta assessments and data sets and advocating policy for implementing gender-equal SDG-based action for better delta futures.

 

Now, more than ever, the world is facing challenges that need a collective response

We recognise the urgency of international environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity loss… Through research and education we aim to develop transformative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the natural world and the human societies which rely on it

Interdisciplinary  Research

Now more than ever the world is facing challenges that need a collective response.

 

We are living in a globally inter-connected world where everything from climate change, pandemics and employment to conflict, water security and mass migration are linked and impact us all. The UK Government’s answer to some of the world’s most pressing challenges is 12 new global-scale, interdisciplinary Research Hubs which seek to develop creative and sustainable solutions to make the World, and the UK, safer, healthier and more prosperous. River deltas comprise only one per cent of global landscapes yet support over half a billion people through their rich resources and economic opportunities. Today however, delta ecosystems are being altered at a greater rate than at any time in history and face existential threats from over-exploitation of natural resources, climate change and predicted sea level rise, combined with changing sediment budgets, saline intrusion and sinking land. South and Southeast Asian deltas are among the world’s most vulnerable: imprudent resource use and the wider pressure for development continually threaten to compromise the dynamism of natural processes at this delicate interface between land and ocean. This tension presents a major international development challenge: how to avoid the collapse of South and SE Asian deltas as functioning, highly productive social-ecological systems in the face of human development and projected adverse consequences of climate change.

A Global Challenge

The GCRF harnesses the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers.

 

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) forms part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) research and innovation funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who aims to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance livelihoods for the poorest people and countries. BEIS aims to support cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses global issues affecting developing countries.  Working in tandem with global partner networks, all 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs, including Living Deltas, focus on challenge-led, disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; strengthening capability for research, innovation and knowledge exchange; and providing agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.  The GCRF will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system and supporting wider UK prosperity and global influence.  The UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub involves delta-dwellers and the research community working together to develop new knowledge and policies to safeguard delta futures through more resilient communities and more sustainable development.

Areas of Focus

We focus on : the Red River, Mekong and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna.

 

The GCRF Hub’s core outcome will be better achievement of SDGs for all the listed DAC countries through addressing the specific context and challenges of three major river deltas. The Hub uses a natural-cultural heritage research lens towards achieving delta-relevant SDGs for densely inhabited and globally-important delta social-ecological systems: the Mekong and Red River deltas (Vietnam) and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India). Deltas are affected by activities further up their catchments, so the Hub also aims to engage with upstream riparian countries.  These deltas are among the World’s most vulnerable and delicate social-ecological systems, and the Hub aims to directly address issues of growing global concern as to how their status can be maintained in the face of continued exploitation, environmental degradation and threats of global climate change.  The Hub will work through non-hierarchical, ‘equitable partnership’ built on mutual understanding and trust.  We will involve delta-dwellers, policymakers and the academic research community in co-creating baseline delta assessments and data sets and advocating policy for implementing gender-equal SDG-based action for better delta futures.

  • More equitable (gender, youth, women) livelihoods for delta dwellers
  • Sustainable management of delta landscapes
  • Stronger local to regional monitoring toward sustainable development
  • Better local and national policies for delta sustainability

Our 4 Goals

  • Delta-specific, indicator-based SDG assessment framework to support vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • Low cost, stakeholder-driven, data-collection systems
  • Innovative Delta Health Index for environmental planning and governance
  • Delta level interventions to achieve sustainable coastal systems
  • Participatory capacity-building frameworks (communities, NGOs, authorities)

5 Year Example Deliverables

Now, more than ever, the world is facing challenges that need a collective response

We recognise the urgency of international environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity loss… Through research and education we aim to develop transformative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the natural world and the human societies which rely on it

Interdisciplinary  Research

Now more than ever the world is facing challenges that need a collective response.

 

We are living in a globally inter-connected world where everything from climate change, pandemics and employment to conflict, water security and mass migration are linked and impact us all. The UK Government’s answer to some of the world’s most pressing challenges is 12 new global-scale, interdisciplinary Research Hubs which seek to develop creative and sustainable solutions to make the World, and the UK, safer, healthier and more prosperous. River deltas comprise only one per cent of global landscapes yet support over half a billion people through their rich resources and economic opportunities. Today however, delta ecosystems are being altered at a greater rate than at any time in history and face existential threats from over-exploitation of natural resources, climate change and predicted sea level rise, combined with changing sediment budgets, saline intrusion and sinking land. South and Southeast Asian deltas are among the world’s most vulnerable: imprudent resource use and the wider pressure for development continually threaten to compromise the dynamism of natural processes at this delicate interface between land and ocean. This tension presents a major international development challenge: how to avoid the collapse of South and SE Asian deltas as functioning, highly productive social-ecological systems in the face of human development and projected adverse consequences of climate change.

A Global Challenge

The GCRF harnesses the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers.

 

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) forms part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) research and innovation funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who aims to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance livelihoods for the poorest people and countries. BEIS aims to support cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses global issues affecting developing countries.  Working in tandem with global partner networks, all 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs, including Living Deltas, focus on challenge-led, disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; strengthening capability for research, innovation and knowledge exchange; and providing agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.  The GCRF will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system and supporting wider UK prosperity and global influence.  The UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub involves delta-dwellers and the research community working together to develop new knowledge and policies to safeguard delta futures through more resilient communities and more sustainable development.

Areas of Focus

We focus on : the Red River, Mekong and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna.

 

The GCRF Hub’s core outcome will be better achievement of SDGs for all the listed DAC countries through addressing the specific context and challenges of three major river deltas. The Hub uses a natural-cultural heritage research lens towards achieving delta-relevant SDGs for densely inhabited and globally-important delta social-ecological systems: the Mekong and Red River deltas (Vietnam) and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India). Deltas are affected by activities further up their catchments, so the Hub also aims to engage with upstream riparian countries.  These deltas are among the World’s most vulnerable and delicate social-ecological systems, and the Hub aims to directly address issues of growing global concern as to how their status can be maintained in the face of continued exploitation, environmental degradation and threats of global climate change.  The Hub will work through non-hierarchical, ‘equitable partnership’ built on mutual understanding and trust.  We will involve delta-dwellers, policymakers and the academic research community in co-creating baseline delta assessments and data sets and advocating policy for implementing gender-equal SDG-based action for better delta futures.

Our 4 Goals

  • More equitable (gender, youth, women) livelihoods for delta dwellers
  • Sustainable management of delta landscapes
  • Stronger local to regional monitoring toward sustainable development
  • Better local and national policies for delta sustainability

5 Year Example Deliverables

  • Delta-specific, indicator-based SDG assessment framework to support vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • Low cost, stakeholder-driven, data-collection systems
  • Innovative Delta Health Index for environmental planning and governance
  • Delta level interventions to achieve sustainable coastal systems
  • Participatory capacity-building frameworks (communities, NGOs, authorities)

 

 

Focuses

on heritage, livelihoods and delta living, and builds shared narratives of pasts, presents and alternative futures

 

 

Aims

to provide robust characterization and integrated risk-assessments of deltaic social-ecological systems

 

 

 

 

Develops

delta-level interventions to respond to and mitigate against foreseeable coastal system tipping points

 

Oversees

capacity-building and capacity-sharing towards better SDG attainment in our target delta social-ecological systems

 

Delivers

a natural and cultural heritage-sensitive, delta-specific SDG monitoring framework

 

 

Quantifies

how human impacts are changing deltas, and the consequences for natural and cultural heritage

Now, more than ever, the world is facing challenges that need a collective response

We recognise the urgency of international environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity loss… Through research and education we aim to develop transformative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the natural world and the human societies which rely on it

Now more than ever the world is facing challenges that need a collective response.

 

We are living in a globally inter-connected world where everything from climate change, pandemics and employment to conflict, water security and mass migration are linked and impact us all. The UK Government’s answer to some of the world’s most pressing challenges is 12 new global-scale, interdisciplinary Research Hubs which seek to develop creative and sustainable solutions to make the World, and the UK, safer, healthier and more prosperous. River deltas comprise only one per cent of global landscapes yet support over half a billion people through their rich resources and economic opportunities. Today however, delta ecosystems are being altered at a greater rate than at any time in history and face existential threats from over-exploitation of natural resources, climate change and predicted sea level rise, combined with changing sediment budgets, saline intrusion and sinking land. South and Southeast Asian deltas are among the world’s most vulnerable: imprudent resource use and the wider pressure for development continually threaten to compromise the dynamism of natural processes at this delicate interface between land and ocean. This tension presents a major international development challenge: how to avoid the collapse of South and SE Asian deltas as functioning, highly productive social-ecological systems in the face of human development and projected adverse consequences of climate change.

The GCRF harnesses the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers.

 

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) forms part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) research and innovation funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who aims to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance livelihoods for the poorest people and countries. BEIS aims to support cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses global issues affecting developing countries.  Working in tandem with global partner networks, all 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs, including Living Deltas, focus on challenge-led, disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; strengthening capability for research, innovation and knowledge exchange; and providing agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.  The GCRF will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system and supporting wider UK prosperity and global influence.  The UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub involves delta-dwellers and the research community working together to develop new knowledge and policies to safeguard delta futures through more resilient communities and more sustainable development.

We focus on : the Red River, Mekong and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna.

 

The GCRF Hub’s core outcome will be better achievement of SDGs for all the listed DAC countries through addressing the specific context and challenges of three major river deltas. The Hub uses a natural-cultural heritage research lens towards achieving delta-relevant SDGs for densely inhabited and globally-important delta social-ecological systems: the Mekong and Red River deltas (Vietnam) and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India). Deltas are affected by activities further up their catchments, so the Hub also aims to engage with upstream riparian countries.  These deltas are among the World’s most vulnerable and delicate social-ecological systems, and the Hub aims to directly address issues of growing global concern as to how their status can be maintained in the face of continued exploitation, environmental degradation and threats of global climate change.  The Hub will work through non-hierarchical, ‘equitable partnership’ built on mutual understanding and trust.  We will involve delta-dwellers, policymakers and the academic research community in co-creating baseline delta assessments and data sets and advocating policy for implementing gender-equal SDG-based action for better delta futures.

Our 4 Goals

  • More equitable (gender, youth, women) livelihoods for delta dwellers
  • Sustainable management of delta landscapes
  • Stronger local to regional monitoring toward sustainable development
  • Better local and national policies for delta sustainability

5 Year Example Deliverables

  • Delta-specific, indicator-based SDG assessment framework to support vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • Low cost, stakeholder-driven, data-collection systems
  • Innovative Delta Health Index for environmental planning and governance
  • Delta level interventions to achieve sustainable coastal systems
  • Participatory capacity-building frameworks (communities, NGOs, authorities)

 

Focuses

on heritage, livelihoods and delta living, and builds shared narratives of pasts, presents and alternative futures

 

 

Aims

to provide robust characterization and integrated risk-assessments of deltaic social-ecological systems

 

 

 

 

Develops

delta-level interventions to respond to and mitigate against foreseeable coastal system tipping points

 

Oversees

capacity-building and capacity-sharing towards better SDG attainment in our target delta social-ecological systems

 

Delivers

a natural and cultural heritage-sensitive, delta-specific SDG monitoring framework

 

 

Quantifies

how human impacts are changing deltas, and the consequences for natural and cultural heritage

Now, more than ever, the world is facing challenges that need a collective response

We recognise the urgency of international environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity loss… Through research and education we aim to develop transformative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the natural world and the human societies which rely on it

Interdisciplinary  Research

Now more than ever the world is facing challenges that need a collective response.

 

We are living in a globally inter-connected world where everything from climate change, pandemics and employment to conflict, water security and mass migration are linked and impact us all. The UK Government’s answer to some of the world’s most pressing challenges is 12 new global-scale, interdisciplinary Research Hubs which seek to develop creative and sustainable solutions to make the World, and the UK, safer, healthier and more prosperous. River deltas comprise only one per cent of global landscapes yet support over half a billion people through their rich resources and economic opportunities. Today however, delta ecosystems are being altered at a greater rate than at any time in history and face existential threats from over-exploitation of natural resources, climate change and predicted sea level rise, combined with changing sediment budgets, saline intrusion and sinking land. South and Southeast Asian deltas are among the world’s most vulnerable: imprudent resource use and the wider pressure for development continually threaten to compromise the dynamism of natural processes at this delicate interface between land and ocean. This tension presents a major international development challenge: how to avoid the collapse of South and SE Asian deltas as functioning, highly productive social-ecological systems in the face of human development and projected adverse consequences of climate change.

A Global Challenge

The GCRF harnesses the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers.

 

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) forms part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) research and innovation funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who aims to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance livelihoods for the poorest people and countries. BEIS aims to support cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses global issues affecting developing countries.  Working in tandem with global partner networks, all 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs, including Living Deltas, focus on challenge-led, disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; strengthening capability for research, innovation and knowledge exchange; and providing agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.  The GCRF will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system and supporting wider UK prosperity and global influence.  The UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub involves delta-dwellers and the research community working together to develop new knowledge and policies to safeguard delta futures through more resilient communities and more sustainable development.

Areas of Focus

We focus on : the Red River, Mekong and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna.

 

The GCRF Hub’s core outcome will be better achievement of SDGs for all the listed DAC countries through addressing the specific context and challenges of three major river deltas. The Hub uses a natural-cultural heritage research lens towards achieving delta-relevant SDGs for densely inhabited and globally-important delta social-ecological systems: the Mekong and Red River deltas (Vietnam) and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India). Deltas are affected by activities further up their catchments, so the Hub also aims to engage with upstream riparian countries.  These deltas are among the World’s most vulnerable and delicate social-ecological systems, and the Hub aims to directly address issues of growing global concern as to how their status can be maintained in the face of continued exploitation, environmental degradation and threats of global climate change.  The Hub will work through non-hierarchical, ‘equitable partnership’ built on mutual understanding and trust.  We will involve delta-dwellers, policymakers and the academic research community in co-creating baseline delta assessments and data sets and advocating policy for implementing gender-equal SDG-based action for better delta futures.

Our 4 Goals

  • More equitable (gender, youth, women) livelihoods for delta dwellers
  • Sustainable management of delta landscapes
  • Stronger local to regional monitoring toward sustainable development
  • Better local and national policies for delta sustainability

5 Year Example Deliverables

  • Delta-specific, indicator-based SDG assessment framework to support vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • Low cost, stakeholder-driven, data-collection systems
  • Innovative Delta Health Index for environmental planning and governance
  • Delta level interventions to achieve sustainable coastal systems
  • Participatory capacity-building frameworks (communities, NGOs, authorities)

 

Our Work Packages

 

Focuses

on heritage, livelihoods and delta living, and builds shared narratives of pasts, presents and alternative futures

 

 

Aims

to provide robust characterization and integrated risk-assessments of deltaic social-ecological systems

 

 

 

 

Develops

delta-level interventions to respond to and mitigate against foreseeable coastal system tipping points

 

Oversees

capacity-building and capacity-sharing towards better SDG attainment in our target delta social-ecological systems

 

Delivers

a natural and cultural heritage-sensitive, delta-specific SDG monitoring framework

 

 

Quantifies

how human impacts are changing deltas, and the consequences for natural and cultural heritage

Now, more than ever, the world is facing challenges that need a collective response

We recognise the urgency of international environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity loss… Through research and education we aim to develop transformative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the natural world and the human societies which rely on it

Interdisciplinary  Research

Now more than ever the world is facing challenges that need a collective response.

 

We are living in a globally inter-connected world where everything from climate change, pandemics and employment to conflict, water security and mass migration are linked and impact us all. The UK Government’s answer to some of the world’s most pressing challenges is 12 new global-scale, interdisciplinary Research Hubs which seek to develop creative and sustainable solutions to make the World, and the UK, safer, healthier and more prosperous. River deltas comprise only one per cent of global landscapes yet support over half a billion people through their rich resources and economic opportunities. Today however, delta ecosystems are being altered at a greater rate than at any time in history and face existential threats from over-exploitation of natural resources, climate change and predicted sea level rise, combined with changing sediment budgets, saline intrusion and sinking land. South and Southeast Asian deltas are among the world’s most vulnerable: imprudent resource use and the wider pressure for development continually threaten to compromise the dynamism of natural processes at this delicate interface between land and ocean. This tension presents a major international development challenge: how to avoid the collapse of South and SE Asian deltas as functioning, highly productive social-ecological systems in the face of human development and projected adverse consequences of climate change.

A Global Challenge

The GCRF harnesses the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers.

 

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) forms part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) research and innovation funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who aims to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance livelihoods for the poorest people and countries. BEIS aims to support cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses global issues affecting developing countries.  Working in tandem with global partner networks, all 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs, including Living Deltas, focus on challenge-led, disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; strengthening capability for research, innovation and knowledge exchange; and providing agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.  The GCRF will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system and supporting wider UK prosperity and global influence.  The UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub involves delta-dwellers and the research community working together to develop new knowledge and policies to safeguard delta futures through more resilient communities and more sustainable development.

Areas of Focus

We focus on : the Red River, Mekong and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna.

 

The GCRF Hub’s core outcome will be better achievement of SDGs for all the listed DAC countries through addressing the specific context and challenges of three major river deltas. The Hub uses a natural-cultural heritage research lens towards achieving delta-relevant SDGs for densely inhabited and globally-important delta social-ecological systems: the Mekong and Red River deltas (Vietnam) and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India). Deltas are affected by activities further up their catchments, so the Hub also aims to engage with upstream riparian countries.  These deltas are among the World’s most vulnerable and delicate social-ecological systems, and the Hub aims to directly address issues of growing global concern as to how their status can be maintained in the face of continued exploitation, environmental degradation and threats of global climate change.  The Hub will work through non-hierarchical, ‘equitable partnership’ built on mutual understanding and trust.  We will involve delta-dwellers, policymakers and the academic research community in co-creating baseline delta assessments and data sets and advocating policy for implementing gender-equal SDG-based action for better delta futures.

Our 4 Goals

  • More equitable (gender, youth, women) livelihoods for delta dwellers
  • Sustainable management of delta landscapes
  • Stronger local to regional monitoring toward sustainable development
  • Better local and national policies for delta sustainability

5 Year Example Deliverables

  • Delta-specific, indicator-based SDG assessment framework to support vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • Low cost, stakeholder-driven, data-collection systems
  • Innovative Delta Health Index for environmental planning and governance
  • Delta level interventions to achieve sustainable coastal systems
  • Participatory capacity-building frameworks (communities, NGOs, authorities)

 

 

Focuses

on heritage, livelihoods and delta living, and builds shared narratives of pasts, presents and alternative futures

 

 

Aims

to provide robust characterization and integrated risk-assessments of deltaic social-ecological systems

 

 

 

 

Develops

delta-level interventions to respond to and mitigate against foreseeable coastal system tipping points

 

Oversees

capacity-building and capacity-sharing towards better SDG attainment in our target delta social-ecological systems

 

Delivers

a natural and cultural heritage-sensitive, delta-specific SDG monitoring framework

 

 

Quantifies

how human impacts are changing deltas, and the consequences for natural and cultural heritage

Our Work Packages