On Day 3, the delegates presented their case studies in the morning as four teams. The delegates assessed the current plan. Some of the challenges identified by the delegates comprise (i) impact of development on surrounding area (ii) loss of water marshes and water retaining area (iii) challenges due to high tides and rainfall (iv) land subsidence (v) legal issues and (vi) agreement between stakeholders related to the proposed plan. Some of the measures suggested by the groups  include reducing the paved surface in the proposed plan, porous pavements, building retention ponds, underground reservoirs, green roofs, roof top storage, multi-functional landscapes, bio swales etc. One group recommended for a complete change of plan where as other groups suggested greening measures to be included in the measure.

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Dr. Assela  Pathirana and Mr. Williem Veerbeek assessed the measures and suggestions put forward by the groups. The nature of measures recommended by the groups were mostly focused on reducing the probability of flooding due to rain and high tides and less on adapting to floods.  Mr. Veerbeek stressed upon the importance of simple adaption measures  such as wet proofing of buildings, elevated floor levels etc., that would reduce the consequences of flooding. Though the groups identified arriving at an agreement between the stakeholders as an important issue they did not address this issue through specific measures.

Dr. Chau Nguyen Xuan Quang  presented about the importance of Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) through case studies in Ho Chi Minh City.  Ms. Maria Clemens presented about the importance of Learning and Action Alliances for developing solutions that enhances stake holder participation.

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The aim of the workshop was to sensitise various stake holders on (i) practical urban development measures, (ii) development of  of long term strategies and short term gains, (iii) putting the cities in driving seat when it comes to development agenda and to (iv) enhance learning from each other. Through this workshop the objective of learning from each other was clearly accomplished. Better understanding of urban water complexities and connections among the delegates, possible solutions, ways to implement the same were discussed and there was increased awareness among the practitioners. However the workshop and case study exercises also helped identify the need for imparting knowledge to the practitioners on macro economic analysis, developing business cases, carry out stakeholder analysis , ways to influence big decision makers. It was found out that there is a need to clearly define the what a “medium size city case ” is before embarking on adaptation plans to tackle and live with floods.DSC08358

The presentations of Day 3 are as follows