broken embankmentCommunities in Bangladesh are learning how to adapt to an increasing range of environmental threats. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s geography makes climate challenges all the more critical to address. Bangladesh is a low-lying deltaic country with one of the highest population densities in the world. Over the past decade, with the UNDP’s consistent support, the country has successfully implemented innovative practices and creative solutions that help communities adapt to changes in the environment.

Bangladesh is a signatory to major international conventions and multilateral agreements on climate change mitigation and protection of the ozone layer. The UNDP’s partnership with the government aims to see the full implementation of these conventions, while promoting comprehensive responses to overlapping issues of poverty, sustainable development, and female empowerment. We work to ensure that communities are empowered to prevent, respond, and overcome environmental threats arising from climate change and environmental degradation.

Innovation in Brick Production: An Example of UNDP Leadership

One of our flagship projects, Improving Kiln Efficiency in the Brick Making Industry (GREEN Brick), has set the standard for similar initiatives at home and abroad. The brick industry is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in much of the developing world, estimated to expel 6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually in Bangladesh alone. It is a major source of soil degradation and deforestation. UNDP Bangladesh’s response has focused on building energy-efficient kilns that have a much reduced impact on the local environment and on the planet. This initiative has resulted in direct energy savings by reducing the use of charcoal in brick production, accompanied by an impressive reduction in levels of carbon dioxide. The project has drawn the attention of policy makers, media commentators, and community groups alike, and has made a significant impact towards protecting ecologically critical areas in Bangladesh.