Environment and Energy

Bangladesh’s is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change. The loss of biodiversity, rising sea levels, devastating cyclones, floods and drought are concrete impacts of the global temperature rise. The poor are disproportionately affected by this degradation and lack access to crucial resources to adapt their living to the on-going environmental threats.

Our Goals

Recognizing these major challenges, Bangladesh has been massively investing in adaptive measures and out of the box solutions to create resilient communities. UNDP’s support to the Government of Bangladesh aims at turning the current unsustainable growth into sustainable and pro-poor development. We do so in enabling the country to better control its green house gases emissions, manage its natural resources, to become more energy efficient and to develop coping mechanisms. UNDP also plays a catalytic role to ensure that climate change mitigation lies at the heart of national policies and development planning.more

Helping Bangladesh tackle climate change

Bangladesh has been identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as one of the countries most vulnerable to rising sea levels and frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. UNDP is working with the government in tackling these issues.

Our Stories

  • The coastal afforestation project rehabilitates the poorest families displaced by extreme weather events. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh / Kawser Ahmed

    Bangladesh's 'green wall' fights global climate change

    Five years ago, on the night of November 15, a cyclone ripped through Bangladesh’s coast killing more than 3,000 people and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.more

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  • The brickmaking technology introduced by UNDP reduces carbon emissions by 40% compared to traditional brick factories. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

    Cleaner bricks lay foundation for green economy

    Fourteen years ago Razia Bewa`s husband passed away, as a 30-year old widow with 4 daughters, she was not prepared for what life had in store for her.more

Projects and Initiatives

GREEN Brick (Improving Kiln Efficiency in Brick Making Industry)

This project is designed to remove barriers to the widespread adoption of energy efficient kilns (specialised ovens for brick making). more

Development of Sustainable Renewable Energy Power Generation

The objective of the Project is to reduce the annual growth rate of GHG emissions from the fossil fuel-based power generation by exploiting Bangladesh’s renewable energy resources for electricity generation. The basic approach of the Project will be to promote renewable energy in Bangladesh through the recently established Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA). more

Third National Communication to the UNFCCC

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. more

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Featured Publications
Human Development Report 2013

When developed economies stopped growing during the 2008–2009 financial crisis but developing economies kept on growing, the world took notice. The rise of the South, seen within the developing world as an overdue global rebalancing, has been much commented on since.

Communities Adapt! Finding new ways to fight Climate Change

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to assist people build a better life.

A New Land Use Model: Forest Fruit Fish

The Triple F model provides a new way to make barren coastal land productive again. By building mounds and ditches, fruit and timber trees can be grown, and fish can be cultivated. But that’s not all. Interspersed with the fruit and timber trees are high yielding vegetables, which can also be grown on top of the mounds and along the banks of the ditches.

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