New project launched to reduce climate vulnerabilities of coastal communities
22 Mar 2017 by Arif M. Faisal, Programme Specialist, UNDP Bangladesh , Mohammed Muzammel Hoque, Project Manager, ICBA-AF-RF Project and Md. Kabir Hossain, Communication Officer, ICBA-AF-RF Project
Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world. The country is frequently subjected to cyclones, floods, and storm surges due to the adverse impact of climate change. Coastal mangroves are playing significant role in protecting the life and livelihoods of the millions of vulnerable coastal populations from climate induced extreme weather events. Through this project, over 650 ha of mangroves will be planted, 112 ha of Fish-Fruit-Forest model will be demonstrated and about 60,000 climate vulnerable poor people will be benefitted through diversified climate resilient livelihoods options in five highly climate vulnerable coastal districts.
To reduce vulnerability of coastal communities to the adverse impacts of climate change, Mr. Anwar Hossain Manju, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forests officially launched a four-year project entitled ‘Integrating Community-based Adaptation into Afforestation and Reforestation Programmes (ICBA-AR) in Bangladesh’ on 22 March 2017 at the CIRDAP Auditorium in Dhaka.
To mark the launching, an inception workshop was organized in the CIRDAP auditorium where the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Abduallah Al Islam Jakob, the Secretary in Charge of the Ministry of Environment and Forests Mr. Istiaque Ahmad, UNDP Deputy Country Director Ms. Kyoko Yokosuka and Additional Secretary and the National Project Director of ICBA-AR project Mr. Nurul Karim were present. Mr. Mohammed Shafiul Alam Chowdhury, Chief Conservator of Forest, chaired the programme. Mr. Arif M. Faisal, Programme Specialist of UNDP presented an overview of the project for an interactive discussion. Senior government officials, representative from development partners, foresters, climate experts, NGOs representative, academicians and media among others took part in the discussion. Project Manager of ICB-AR Programme, Forest Department and UNDP representative responded the questions raised by the participants in interactive discussion session.