Bangladesh is generally considered to be very vulnerable to climate change effects because of its unique geographic location, dominance of floodplains, very low average altitude, high population density, elevated level of poverty and overwhelming dependence on nature, its resources and services.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests and its implementing partners: Forest Department, Bangladesh Forest Research Institute, Department of Agriculture Extension, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Land and the United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh, are working to reduce the vulnerabilities of coastal communities and increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change. IUCN Bangladesh and the Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS) are responsible for the development of adaptation management plans. The project is being implemented in four unions, Naltona, Char Kukri-Mukri, Roypur and Sukchar under the Barguna Sadar, Char Fasson, Anowara and Hatiya upazilas respectively. Key activities
- Capture general information, and specific socio-economic and environmental baselines for the targeted upazilas
- Identify factors contributing to vulnerability of each location
- Develop action plans, including a monitoring and evaluation framework, and options for coastal afforestation and climate resilient livelihoods.
- Produced adaptation management plans for each union.
- Identified 15,000 beneficiary families to be involved in the establishment of nurseries and plantations, and an additional 12,200 people to receive training
- Of the above group 1,150 families were identified for training on improved livelihood options, including 360 in poultry and livestock and 60 in modern aquaculture
- Assessed needs for early warning information and disaster preparedness in the targeted areas
- All action plans, monitoring and evaluation framework and proposal for institutional and policy arrangements were validated by stakeholders.
This project was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).