Work Package   2


Characterization and integrated risk-assessments of deltaic
social-ecological systems


Rationale: Current scientific understanding of delta regions lacks integration of community-based and natural-cultural-sensitive risk characterization.


WP2 addresses this gap through collection, analysis and modelling of relevant data within an innovative CHANS (coupled human and natural systems) framework. It will deliver an integrated hazard-exposure-vulnerability risk assessment framework for delta social-ecological systems (link: WP4). WP2 will also address knowledge gaps in social equity analysis at the delta scale, and help provide the disaggregated datasets required in WP5.

Work Package   3


Human impact are changing deltas, and the consequences for natural
and cultural heritage


Rationale: Scientific research on delta systems has traditionally taken discipline-specific approaches at localized scales, and has been primarily focused on hydrology and sediment transport).


Delta planning and management have focused on top-down, problem-specific responses. For longer-term delta-scale ‘adaptive’ planning, we need to widen delta communities' knowledge of a range of environmental parameters and of the connected nature of water quality, flood risk and ecosystem responses. With delta-dwellers, WP3 will quantify and assess how human impacts are changing delta ecosystems. It will assess the consequences for natural and cultural heritage, both at present and in the future. From this, tools will be developed to communicate the status of delta ecosystem health for managers, farmers, policy makers and local communities.

Work Package   4


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


Rationale: Coastal fringes of deltas are among the most vulnerable landscapes as they are affected by catchment processes, sea-level rise, cyclones and storm surges, and over-exploitation of resources.


The status of the delta fringe can act as an early warning signal for the entire delta social-ecological system (SES). WP4 will characterize coastal social-ecological tipping points. Through innovative and holistic multi-stakeholder approaches, WP4 will, for the first time, characterise tipping-point thresholds, risks and opportunities for coastal areas. Using this knowledge, we will propose delta-level interventions to avoid negative tipping points and favour positive transformation towards desired SES states.

Work Package   5


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


Rationale: Current monitoring frameworks do not recognize deltas as distinctive social-ecological systems. They do not adequately address hazard-risk profiles, nor do they track delta-specific SDG interactions and trade-offs.


WP5 will improve delta-level SDG monitoring and review processes. It will identify challenges and gaps in existing country and regional-level SDG-monitoring frameworks. With stakeholders, we will develop a new delta-specific indicator-based assessment framework. Mapping this framework against existing delta challenges and knowledge gaps will allow recommendations for improved delta outcomes. This new framework will have a participatory and heritage-sensitive character, and focus on marginalised and vulnerable groups.

Work Package   6

Work Package  1


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


Rationale: The Hub’s transdisciplinary nature requires an on-going process of collective learning and capacity building between researchers and practitioners. This process needs to be delivered across WPs and between countries to ensure the Hub delivers impact.


WP6 will oversee and quantify overall Hub capacity-building towards better SDG attainment through gender-sensitive learning and knowledge co-creation. We will explore opportunities for SDG-related commercial opportunities for economic advancement in DAC delta countries. WP6 will ensure the Hub is delivering the right activities for the desired outcomes. It will ensure outcomes support wider problem-framing and monitoring and evaluation detailed in our Theory of Change. WP6 will deliver the Hub’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning strategy for systematic assessment of progress towards impact.


Heritage, Livelihoods and Delta Living: pasts, presents and alternative futures


Rationale: Disciplinary silos have limited understanding of the relationships between the heritages of diverse delta populations, their livelihood strategies, and impacts of human activities and environmental change upon deltas.


WP1 will address this gap by co-producing knowledge with communities, individuals and households. It will use creative, participatory and interdisciplinary approaches. The outcome will be co-created understandings of the micro-level experiences of these changes, and communities’ capacities to respond to and shape their living environments. In turn this will inform policymaking for sustainable development. WP1 will create records of delta life over time, of shared heritage, voices, memories and histories, of material and cultural resources, and of beliefs and ideas of delta peoples.





Prof Andy Large

PI and Hub Director



Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6342



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University of Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne