An assessment of the ecosystem service and livelihood implications of government development proposals in coastal Bangladesh
In this project, the University of Southampton and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) trialled the application of the Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model (ΔDIEM) to project appraisal within the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100). The Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model was developed in the ESPA Deltas Project. A number of projects with poverty alleviation dimensions were reviewed and three were selected for detailed assessment, providing indicators concerning ecosystem services and rural livelihoods, complementing traditional project appraisal. The assessment was conducted in close collaboration with the General Economic Division (GED) of the Government of Bangladesh.
In addition, we: (1) trained the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology team in Bangladesh to apply the Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model to support the General Economic Division in project appraisal via a UK placement; (2) worked with the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology team, the General Economic Division and others to identify key gaps and assessment needs to better support the national Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 planning process, such as extending the coverage and scope of the Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model to the national scale; and (3) developed two policy briefs and an impact story summarising the outcomes of the research.