Disaster Ready Community to Combat Climate Change

Disaster Ready Community requires community participation for disaster risk reduction to solve major social and environment problems like drinking water, electricity, natural resource management and climate adaptive livelihood and houses.

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Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)

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Market of Implementation

  • Bangladesh

Problem

The project site is the Sundarbans coastal region of Bangladesh which is the single largest mangrove forest of the world and livelihood support for 3.5 million climate vulnerable coastal people. This coastal region is a disaster prone area and the front line of Global Climate Change. Millions of people depend on the Sundarbans for their livelihood. They catch fish, crabs and collect honey. People of this region are yet to utilize those natural blessings of the Sundarbans mangrove forest This unique ecosystem is under threat and highly vulnerable to floods, embankment erosion, and devastating cyclones. Such problems are linked to the rise in global temperatures and population pressures. So, the coastal people lose their livelihood, source of drinking water, crops, livestock, farming land etc due to climate change impacts. The villagers do not have adequate knowledge on Disaster Preparedness and use poor early warning system. With high poverty incidence, villagers cannot recover their losses and damages in a short time. Furthermore, no organization has introduced climate adaptive structures to the community. Shortage of safe drinking, housing, food production, electricity and cooking fuel are prominent problems of the Sundarbans region.

Solution

Under the proposed project we would like to create Sundarbans Disaster Ready Community through expanding our developed climate resilience model village among the whole Sundarbans region (five sub-districts under three districts). This model includes:
  • Skill development on DRR
  • Cyclone shelter management and sustainable livelihoods
  • Technologies like Designing of Climate Adaptive House and embankment protection
  • Use of Apps for disaster signalling, etc.
We will engage different stakeholders (Government departments, NGOs, Civil Society Members, etc.) and building linkage with government and NGOs existing DRR program for scaling up and out of our DRR program. For achieving this target we would like to conduct capacity/leadership building training among Union Disaster Management Committee members from Unions of five sub-districts under three districts adjacent to the Sundarbans coastal region, Local NGO workers, students from Schools by using our existing facilities, experience and involving technical experts. We would like to make a disaster information hub, establish climate change adaptation center by improving the capacity of the existing Cyclone Shelter and Training Center and to develop a disaster signalling Apps. We would also like to improve road facilities, rain water harvesting plant for drinking water and irrigation, solar station for enlighten the center, more sustainable livelihoods, children sponsorship program, etc.

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