Water Adaptation Community Webinar: How can floating development help adaptation to climate change?


2 September 2021, 16:00 CET

This webinar brings together Dutch experts with experts on vulnerable housing in the South to discuss how to upscale innovative floating development adaptation solutions.

Event description:

Increasingly, people all over the world need to adapt to and live with increasing flooding and sea level rise. Floating development is one way to address this challenge, which also addresses scarcity of urban land. These challenges require innovative thinking and brokering between different professionals active in the field, which the GCA Water Adaptation Community (WAC) supports.

This webinar is the kick-off of a Community of Practice on floating development bringing together Dutch expertise with experts on vulnerable housing in the South to discuss and how to upscale these innovative solutions.


  • Opening and welcome – Arnoud Molenaar, Chief Resilience Officer, Rotterdam and Affiliated Lead Urban, Global Center on Adaptation
  • Context: What is the need for floating development with future projections of sea level rise and flooding? Examples from around the world – Vicky Lin, Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd World Conference on Floating Solutions (WCFS2020)
  • “Dream homes”: Creating sustainable floating homes to transform lives: Examples from Bangladesh – Dr Nandan Mukherjee, University of Dundee, UK.
  • Floating Farm: Bringing food to the city: The circular floating farm in Rotterdam – Peter van Wingerden, CEO, Floating Farm
  • The Floating Pavilion – Jan Willem Roël, Owner/Director, FlexBase BV in the Netherlands and Cofounder, FlexBase International Ltd. in Singapore
  • Presenting idea for training module on floating development – Dr. Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther, Chairman and Founder, Blue Revolution Foundation
  • Discussion – including representatives from cities, universities, and others.