Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation

What is the project about?

woman working in a fieldFamilies displaced by floods and cyclones are being rehabilitated on government-owned land adjoining the coastal treeline. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh / Kawser Ahmed

The project aims to reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities to the impacts of climate change through afforestation (establishment of a forest or tree planting) and livelihood diversification. Coastal afforestation is considered to increase the resilience of protective ecosystems, to reduce the vulnerability of adjacent coastal communities, and contribute to global mitigation. The project introduces diversified livelihood activities through forestry, agriculture, aquaculture and livestock based adaptation measures. It also includes a capacity building component for government officials, support on the policy level, and knowledge sharing within and outside Bangladesh

What have we accomplished so far?

growing pumpkinsHasan Gharami and thousands like him are protecting the treeline that serves as the first line of defense against cyclones. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh / Kawser Ahmed
  • 6372 hectares  of coastal land has been afforested, thus strengthening local ecosystems.
  • 637,200 tons of carbon is being absorbed annually in the newly afforested land.
  • 20,027 coastal people have been involved in the livelihood diversification programme.
  • 988 government officials have enhanced their capacity in this field through training programmes, exposure visit and lesson sharing dialogues.
  • The innovative land use model used has ensured land rights to 440 landless people. Additional arrangement for income generation measures for 456 people is underway.

This innovative approach has received the “Earth Care Awards-2012” from the JSW-Times of India. For the first time, CMC headed by a local government has been introduced as local executive council of the project. It was recognised internationally when selected as one of the best projects from the Asia Pacific region, and was showcased in the Global Environment Facility side event on Adaptation Practitioners Day of the Conference of Parties 18 held in Doha in December 2012.

Who finances it?



Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

 $ 2,170,000

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

 $  980,389

Global Environment Facility

 $ 3,300,000


 $ 1,100,000

Government of Bangladesh (in-kind)

 $ 1,000,000

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year Amount
2015  $ 660,489.41
2014  $ 937,117.97
2013  $ 1,954,598.28


 $ 1,006,698.24


 $ 1,089,856.09


 $ 629,928.02

2009  $ 73,957.14
Total  $ 6,351,745.15

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