Be the emulsifier
The Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Rotterdam, Arnoud Molenaar, emphasized that these many challenges should also lead to multifunctional solutions designs. That’s why Annemieke Nijhof, Managing Director of Deltares, stressed that knowledge sharing is crucial, especially between disciplines and sectors. “We should be the emulsifier that mixes things that otherwise can’t be mixed”, she said. A metaphor that proved to be powerful throughout the day. She held a plea for strong leadership and to make timely decisions despite uncertainty. “Otherwise you lack the time to do it in a proper and inclusive way”, she said.
Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change from Bangladesh, agreed fully and said “redesigning deltas should be above all people-centered.” Therefore, he finds it very important to create more awareness among the new generation. His plan to make a MOOC (or Massive Online Open Course) about life in deltas,= obligatory for master students in all disciplines in Bangladesh could count on full support. “How to move to the next level is our joint responsibility”, added Peter Odhengo, National Policy Advisor in Kenya. “That’s why we need to recognize even more our stewardship role.”