Connecting Delta Cities| 51mins
Director: Ellen Davids | Producer: Eva Zwart
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Netherlands
Konrad Steffen has studied changes in the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland for over 32 years. According to his findings, sea levels will rise more than one meter by 2100, and he emphasizes, 2100 is not the end of our history. Sea levels will continue to rise and probably at a faster rate than today. The need for adaptation is becoming more and more urgent. But how swift are the cities in taking adequate response measures? We take a look at Alexandria, Jakarta, New York and Rotterdam, four coastal cities in the world that will be - and already are - directly affected by a rise in the sea level. How big is this impact and what can the cities do to prepare themselves? Beyond the differences, the similarities the cities are facing in relation to the dangers and challenges are huge. The problems are global and can be tackled more efficiently with an exchange of knowledge and intensive cooperation.