Orientation on Community Mobilization and Gender Mainstreaming in ICBA-AR
UNDP’s ICBA-AR Programme initiative to ensure effective community participation and gender mainstreaming in community-based adaption and coastal green belt management
A two-days long exclusive training course was organized by United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh Integrating Community-based Adaptation into Afforestation and Reforestation (ICBA-AR) Programme to ensure effective community participation in community-based adaptation and coastal green belt management.
Eleven field staff, based in five most vulnerable coastal districts participated in the course to improve their skills, efficiency and knowledge in effective community mobilization. The trainees were given concepts, introduce process, principles, and techniques on community mobilization and how to ensure the participation of women beneficiaries in the programme effectively. The main facilitator was Mr. Abdur Rahman, former head of BRAC training division, while two country known gender expert Advocate U.M. Habibunessa and Advocate Kamrun Nahar of Naripokkho were also attended as resource persons.
The project is designed to reduce climate vulnerabilities of local communities through participatory planning, community-based management and integration of livelihoods with coastal afforestation and reforestation. The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and UNDP with the financial support from Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Mr. Md. Nurul Karim, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests and National Project Director of ICBA-AR Programme joined in the inaugural session as Chief Guest while Deputy Chief Conservator of Forest Mr. Md. Zaid Hussain Bhuiyan presided over the session. UNDP’s Programme Specialist Mr. Arif M. Faisal, Project Manager of ICBA-AR Dr. Mohammed Muzammel Hoque and Communications Officer Md. Kabir Hossain also spoke on the occasion.