Sustainable Delta Game: Adaptation Pathway

Water management is increasingly challenged by pressures such as population growth, sea level rise and
climate change. Given the SDgame team reelect bill_01uncertainties about the future, how do you create a sustainable water management plan? Different stakeholders have different perspectives and priorities. How do you gain insight into this and create a plan that can count on broad support? Only by engaging stakeholders in exploring different adaptation pathways together can you prepare for an uncertain future.

Why not tackle this serious topic with a game? A game allows all involved parties to come together for a discussion within a safe environment. It’s only a game after all. Play with the different stakeholders around the table, or use role play techniques to give a voice to all involved parties. Are the ideas and wishes around the table really so different or can they complement each other? Together we can find ways to make smarter investment decisions given the different requirements and an uncertain future.

The goal of the Sustainable Delta game is for two teams to develop and implement a Sustainable Water Management Plan for the coming 100 years in the fictional setting of the Tainui Harbour. This is an urban coastal harbour similar to those found in New Zealand. Key (conflicting) issues include coastal inundation, port and transport capacity, nature and the environment.sdgame

This game has been played over 50 times in different settings, with water managers, spatial planners during project workshops and with students at international conferences all over the world.

Players feedback include remarks on how they aimed to be proactive, but in the end seemed to only react to events and how experiencing uncertainty due to climate variability in the game opened their eyes. “We are reactive if we do not understand the system well. This is what we see in reality as well.” By discussing and exchanging views and ideas participants learn to find an integrated solution to a complex and uncertain problem.

Date and time: Thursday 21st September 2017, 8.45am-12.30pm

Location: QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street
Z Block, Level 6, Room 606 (adjacent to the lifts)

Cost: FREE (limited capacity)
Morning tea and lunch are not provided, but a café is available nearby to purchase food and beverages during the break

Register now or amend your existing registration to secure your place!

This workshop is facilitated by Deltares.

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