Developing and Pilot Testing a Specialists’ Course on Riverbank Protection

This PDA aims to develop and run a pilot post-graduate Specialists Course on Riverbank Protection that will be mainstreamed into the school curriculum.

Report Card

Completed in June 2010, this PDA

  • Helped develop and pilot test specialists and short courses on river bank protection to be included in the postgraduate curricula
  • Published the Guidelines on Riverbank protection for use by professionals and students

Description

Bangladesh is struggling to counter large-scale river erosion at important places along the banks of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna with little success. With new technology and a good knowledge base, the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) helped establish new guidelines and a comprehensive planning framework for successful and cost-effective riverbank protection.

Through this PDA, BUET will develop and run a specialized course on riverbanks protection that includes key planning, design, and monitoring elements. BUET will also develop short courses for engineers and scientists working in the water sector and broaden the knowledge base on riverbank protection to develop potential as a regional knowledge hub.

Expected Results

Outputs

  • Specialists courses
  • Short courses for practitioners

Outcomes

  • Improved knowledge & experience of engineers leading to better and more cost effective river management; contribution to regional knowledge about stabilization of large alluvial rivers
  • Improved knowledge & experience of engineers leading to better and more cost effective river management

Impact

  • Reduced cost
  • Faster reaction to river problems
  • Reduced disaster incidence of flood disaster
Lecture on technical aspects by BWDB officials at the protection site.