The Joint Cooperation Programme Bangladesh – The Netherlands (JCP) is a four-year project, which started in November 2018, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The objective of the programme is to increase the knowledge base of all the institutes involved and to strengthen the capacity in Bangladesh to plan, develop and manages their (marine and fresh) water resources systems. The JCP was formulated on the initiative of four partners from The Netherlands and Bangladesh: the Center for Geographical Information Services (CEGIS), the Institute of Water Modeling (IWM), both from Bangladesh, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and Deltares from The Netherlands. During the inception phase, the JCP identified knowledge client’s needs and matched these with their joint capacities.


The overall JCP objective is: “To carry out a long-term knowledge sharing and capacity building program between Bangladesh and Netherlands institutes in the water sector.”

Sub projects and its Activities:

To support the JCP objective, two pillars have been defined, which have further been divided into work packages. The pillars and the work packages are as follows:

Pillar 1: Knowledge Cooperation

  • WP1: Management (led by Deltares, Netherlands)
  • WP2: Communication and Outreach (led by Wageningen University, Netherlands)
  • WP3: Knowledge Cooperation and Development (led by CEGIS, Bangladesh)
  • WP4: Training and transfer of tools (led by IWM, Bangladesh)

Pillar 2: Metamodeling for Delta Planning

  • WP1: Model development, testing and validation
  • WP2: Training and model application

The JCP knowledge projects are related to the:

  • natural flow of rivers and sediment,
  • urban water quality management,
  • local delta management at polder level,
  • application based information services for the BDP knowledge portal, and
  • the water demand of agriculture in the future under climate change and other developments have been conceptualized.

Additionally, a few new sub projects have been initiated named as Incubator Projects with seed money with the possibilities of scale-up in future.  These are as follows:

  • Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR)
  • Land Use Change Knowledge (LUCK)
  • Char Suitability Assessment for Mangrove Afforestation (CHAR)

JCP Publications

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