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

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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

Coastal Afforestation

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. more

Poverty Environment and Climate Mainstreaming

The Poverty, Environment and Climate Mainstreaming (PECM) project is a joint initiative of the General Economics Division (GED) of the Government of Bangladesh and UNDP. It aims to enhance the institutional capacity of targeted national stakeholders to integrate poverty-environment-climate linkages into their national development planning process, documents and guidelines. 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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