Integrating Community-based Adaption into Afforestation and Reforestation Programmes in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world. The country is frequently subjected to cyclones, floods, and storm surges due to the adverse impact of climate change.  Around 35 million people who are living in 19 coastal districts of the country are in the highest level of climate risks. Experts suspected that due to global warming, 10-15% Bangladesh’s land could be inundated by 2050, resulting in over 25 million climate refugees from the coastal districts.

To reduce vulnerabilities and hazards of such extreme weather events, UNDP has initiated a four year project called ‘Integrating Community-based Adaptation into Afforestation and Reforestation (ICBA-AR) Programmes in Bangladesh.

What we do

The objective of the programme is to reduce climate vulnerability of local communities through participatory planning, community-based management, integration of climate resilient livelihoods and diversification of species in afforestation and reforestation Programme. The project has following Components:

  • Increase resilience of local communities through diversification of livelihood and species in coastal greenbelts;
  •  Strengthening community involvement in, and ownership of forestry-based adaptation and climate risk reduction activities
  • Protect communal livelihood assets from extreme weather events.