The climate and topography of Cox’s Bazar creates an environment where local communities are exposed to multiple natural hazards, and experience recurring extreme weather events. Vulnerable Bangladeshi communities in the district have long borne the brunt of cyclones, landslides and flash flooods. The Rohingya crisis has increased the size of the population at risk and is driving the creation of new risks due to defor- estation, hill-cutting, and infrastructure pressure. To support government and humanitarian actors’ efforts to manage the seasonal and extreme weather events associated with the cyclone and rainy season, UNDP is implementing an area-based programme for strengthening Disaster Risk Management in Cox’s Bazar.
The objective of the project is to reduce the seasonal weather and disaster vulnerability of at-risk Rohingya and Bangladeshi host communities in Cox’s Bazar through effective multi-hazard risk management. The Project works to achieve this objective by supporting contingency planning in host communities and within the Rohingya response; improvement of forecasting and risk analysis; implementation of landslide and flash flood mitigation measures in underserved communities; technical support to humanitarian actors and local government; support to improve disaster risk literacy of duty bearers; and support to enhance local landslide search and rescue capacity.
AREAS OF WORK
Enhancement of local government preparedness for response
Hazard and disaster risk analysis in Cox’s Bazar and Rohingya camps
Community-based disaster risk reduction
Support to humanitarian actors for mainstreaming of disaster risk management in refugee response
Capacity enhancement for risk-informed development
and residual risk management