A set of innovations developed in Bangladesh form the “Integrated Floodplain Management” (IFM) approach. It recognises the floodplain as a system where the uses and amounts of surface water in the dry season critically affect the main products – crops and fish. Innovations include fish sanctuaries, crops with reduced irrigation demand to preserve surface water in the dry season, and adjustment in sluice opening to permit fish passage. A precondition is the existence of communitybased organisations (CBOs) with rights and responsibilities to coordinate management of floodplains. Since 2007 and 2008, two projects have been scaling up IFM. About 250 CBOs are involved in testing the elements and overall approach of IFM. The process is an adaptive learning network that operates through a cycle of workshops among CBO leaders to coordinate and share experience, lessons, and plans. Each CBO then plans and adjusts its management practices using better informed and more participatory processes. This paper traces the experience of adaptation and innovation, reports initial impacts, and draws some lessons.
Parvin Sultana; Thompson, P. Scaling up Integrated Floodplain Management through Adaptive Learning Networks. Presented at Innovation Asia-Pacific Symposium, Kathmandu, 4-7 May 2009. (2009) 11 pp.