Climate change adaptation activities have been integrated into all projects successfully as part of a programme to build resilient livelihoods. In order to build the communities’ resilience to the impact of climate change, several adaptation activities are being practiced in the field by our partners DushthaShasthya Kendra (DSK), Shushilan, Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) and Church of Bangladesh Social Development Programme (CBSDP). Climate adaptive measures have been identified and prioritised through exercising Participatory Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (PVCA).
In order to cope with the effect of salinity in the coastal areas, saline tolerant rice and saline tolerant vegetables like ginger and turmeric are also being cultivated extensively. In water logged areas, floating gardens (rafts made of water hyacinth overlaid with cow dung) are being used for vegetable cultivation.
As a measure to protect households from flooding, beneficiaries have been building houses on plinths to raise the level of their houses away from floodwaters. Vermicompost, vertical agriculture, rain water harvesting, and pond sand filters are all used to cope with the impact of climate change.
Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) is our longest standing partner working throughout Bangladesh. In central southern Bangladesh, CCDB works on secure livelihoods in a changing environment and women’s credit and loan groups, known locally as forums.
Women receive training on rights and advocacy so that they can lobby their local government to make sustainable changes to improve their lives and livelihoods.
Shushilan works predominantly in southern Bangladesh. In south-west Bangladesh, it focuses on post disaster emergency response, relief and rehabilitation work and the challenges of climate change.
The loss of fresh water in the local environment has meant communities need to adapt how they farm or investigate alternative ways of making a living. Shushilan supports this by running projects about crab farming and on the production of saline-resistant seeds.
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) researches issues on the environment, good governance and public-private partnership. It also implements projects at the grassroots level. It supports women in isolated regions to help improve their access to safe water through establishing people's water councils.
Nagorik Uddyog is implementing the project strengthening citizens’ participation in improving local government.
The project’s main objectives are to make local government and its committees work more effectively; encourage the participation of people from the community; establish and strengthen Citizen Rights Groups (CRGs) with the knowledge, skills and abilities to take part in decision-making processes; and national advocacy for improved governance at grassroots level.