The government has launched a project in partnership with Sweden, the European Union and the United Nations to protect some 0.2 million (200,000) households in Bangladesh which are the most vulnerable to climate change impacts, reports UNB.
The project titled 'Local Government Initiative on Climate Change' (LoGIC) will be implemented over the next four years until 2020 in seven most climate vulnerable districts. It has been launched at the Economic Relations Division (ERD).
"The government of Bangladesh is aware of the severity of the effects of climate change. Therefore, projects like LoGIC could be extremely useful to harness the potential of local community through engaging them in developing the Local Development Plan," said ERD Senior Secretary Mohammad Mejbahuddin.
The LoGIC project, using and improving governmental structures, will set a mechanism to allow the local government institutions and vulnerable households to access directly the knowledge, technology and financing necessary to adapt to climate change.
The project has an initial budget of US$ 20 million which will be financed by Sweden with around US$ 9.25 million, the European Union with approximately US$ 8,57 million, US$ 200,000 each from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Tk 60 million (six crore) from the government of Bangladesh.
"Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. Bangladesh is pioneering on what can be done to mitigate the effects of climate change. Climate change is a big threat to humanity, and addressing the impact starts in the most vulnerable countries. The European Union is glad to be a partner of the government and the people of Bangladesh in increasing resilience and better preparedness," said EU Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon.
Bangladesh is among the top 10 countries that have been the most affected by climate change and disasters.
There is an evident change in rainfall, rise in temperature and extreme weather events like cyclones, floods and rise in sea level.
The government has lost about 15 per cent of its GDP in five major disasters since 1998. These events further cause poverty and vulnerability amongst the people of Bangladesh.
The LoGIC project, which will be implemented until 2020, will address the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh.
It has been developed by the European Union in consultation with Sweden, UNDP UNCDF and the Local Government Division (LGD) of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (MoLGRD&C), Bangladesh.
"Sweden is enthusiastic about supporting investments close to vulnerable communities and households that will build resilience in the face of climate change and contribute to poverty alleviation," said Swedish Ambassador Johan Frisell.
"The path of Bangladesh to become a middle-income country and growth towards prosperity is threatened by the onslaught of climate change," said UN Resident Coordinator Robert Watkins.