Third National Communication to the UNFCCC

What is the project about?

The project will enable the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (GOB) to prepare and submit its Third National Communication (TNC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The activities of the TNC formulation project are a continuation and an update of the work undertaken by Bangladesh in preparing its Initial and Second National Communication, which were submitted to the CoP of the UNFCCC in 2002 and 2012 respectively.

The main components of the TNC project are: (a) national circumstances, (b) inventories of  greenhouse gases for 2006 - 2010, (c) programmes containing measures to mitigate GHG emission, (d) studies on vulnerability and impacts and formulate programmes containing measures to facilitate adequate adaptation to climate change, (e) programmes and plans that are considered relevant towards achieving the objectives of the UNFCCC, and (f) constraints and gaps, and related financial, technical and capacity needs. This process will facilitate the integration of climate change concerns (both mitigation and adaptation) into the national development policies and plans through sharing of knowledge and experiences and disseminating relevant data and information among more people, community and stakeholders from different socio-economic sectors. The TNC preparation process will also promote energy efficient pathways of growth and development, self-reliance, reduction of risks from climate related hazards, strengthen cooperation between all relevant stakeholders and enhance capacity building at national level.


What have we accomplished so far?


As there is no stable NC team at the Department of Environment (the implementing department of the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of Bangladesh) the project authority and Project Management Unit decided to engage climate specialized national consulting firm to carry out the activities of the TNC. 

After completing all the procurement procedures and negotiations contract agreements were signed with 5 consulting firms which have started to carry out the activities of the TNC in May 2015. Details of the activities are given below:


(a) Information needs have been identified and necessary updated data are being collected from relevant sources.

(b) All available national and sectoral strategies, plans, programmes and studies relevant to the formulation of the TNC, including national development blueprints and poverty reduction strategy papers and strategies are being analyzed.

(c) The information base on geographical characteristics including climate, forests, land use and other environmental characteristics have been updated.


(a) A Core Inventory Team involving sector-specific experts has been mobilized. A work programme for the GHG inventory preparation has been developed. Stock taking of the work done so far (ALGAS, INC, SNC and other relevant reports) are being carried out.

(b) Procurement of activity data for the years 2006-2010 for all the sectors: (a) Energy, Industrial Processes, Solvent and Other Product Use, Agriculture, Land-Use Change and Forestry and Waste Sector are being carried out.

Activity-3: (a) Damages and losses caused by past weather events like floods, cyclones, storm surges, river bank erosion, droughts and water logging etc are being estimated.

(b) Vulnerability study in terms of impact on growth, poverty reduction, livelihood, employment and women and conduct detailed studies on climate change impacts on water resources, agriculture, biodiversity, fisheries and urban areas are being conducted.


(a) USCCCSP, ALGAS, INC, SNC and other available documents to evaluate mitigation from various activities/ sectors are being reviewed.

(b) Based on the updated inventory data over the period 2006-2010 and recalculated emission data for the years 1990, 1994, 2001 and 2005, time series emissions are being found sub-sector-wise for determining correct mitigation strategy.

Activity-5: Needs for research to adapt to and mitigate climate change and arrangement for sufficient training and education programmes for raising awareness among general public, professionals, member of non-governmental organizations, policy makers and students on climate change issues are being identified.

An Inception Workshop has been organized by the TNC project on 11 August 2015 where representatives from different government ministries/ offices, non-government and research organizations have participated. 

5 Inception reports have been prepared on 5 components/ activities of the TNC. Project Implementation Committee meeting and a Core-Sectoral Working Group meeting were organized to monitor and evaluate the progress of the project. 

Who finances it?

Donor  Year Amount 
GEF 2014 $ 675000
  2015 $ 128387

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year Amount
2014 $ 161,670
2015 (upto Sep) $ 321,484

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