The Volta Delta is experiencing interacting problems due to a combination of climate change, coastal erosion, intensive urbanization and poor land use planning. One of the major problems is severe coastal erosion that affects coastal communities. I initiated and coordinated a Ghanaian-Dutch students’s exchange program on the Volta Delta. This exchange program funded by the Delft Deltas, Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative (DIMI) and Delta Alliance sought to improve the understanding of the complex challenges of the Volta delta and to develop guiding principles to support an integrated development that balances needs of local communities and economic development. During a workshop in the Volta Delta, the Delft – Ghanaian student group developed long-term strategies based on the option of a managed retreat and relocation of the most vulnerable communities, a hold the line strategy by improved coastal protection, and a dynamic coast strategy, in which the sandy coast is maintained according to its natural dynamics.