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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.
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: