UNDP Regional Director visits disaster resilient coastal areas
May 19, 2014, Dhaka: UNDP Regional Director Mr. Haoliang Xu, who is on a five day visit to the country, lauded the coping ability and resilience of the people and communities living in the coastal areas to adapt to climate change when supported by sustainable development interventions.
Interacting with the Members of the Union Disaster Management Committee at Dacope of Khulna, on Monday, 19 May, he commended their leadership in building resilience at the community level in the face of vulnerabilities and in adapting to the challenges posed by climate change. “UNDP views resilience as a transformative process of strengthening the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions and countries to anticipate, prevent, recover from, and transform in the aftermath of shocks, stresses and change,” he added.
Through two long-term multi-partner flagship programmes, the Early Recovery Facility and the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme, UNDP has helped Bangladesh address disaster risk management with a comprehensive approach, from proactive risk reduction and preparedness, through effective humanitarian response and early recovery, to promoting resilience and building back better.
Later during the day, Mr. Xu also visited the Chittagong Hill Tracts area to witness the development work of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility (CHTDF). The Facility supports the Government of Bangladesh, CHT institutions, and local communities to pursue development and poverty reduction based on the principles of local participation, and decentralized development. CHTDF has provided ‘Peace Dividends’ to rural population all over the CHT: 3,257 Para (village) Development Committees (PDCs) organized with micro-grants to implement and manage more than 5,000 small projects. CHTDF, together with the three Hill District Councils, has established 300 primary schools; 500,000 people in remote areas have access to basic health services through a network of 1000 community health service workers, 16 mobile medical teams and 80 satellite clinics; CHTDF also helped in the establishment of 1,650 rice banks and 690 farmer field Schools. In the Union Parishad election of 2011, a total of 342 women were elected in CHT out of which 239 are from CHTDF supported community organizations; CHT Women Network Organisations (CHTWON) and CHT Peacemakers Alliance (mostly women) are functioning for local conflict mediation and violence prevention.
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