Bangladesh is the 7th most climate-vulnerable country in the world, widely considered to be at the forefront of climate change and disaster impacts. The nation experiences extreme climatic events, frequently causing large-scale loss of life, damage to infrastructure and economic assets, adversely impacting basic needs, and affecting the lives and livelihoods of marginalized rural communities. However, as the severity and frequency of catastrophes have increased in recent years, communities have become more vulnerable and thus less capable to cope with these calamities.

Through a holistic integrated approach to build resilience in vulnerable regions- coastal, riverine islands (Char) and Haor areas in Bangladesh SAJIDA’s Climate Change and Disaster Management (CCDM) program will focus on increasing coping mechanisms and enhancing the adaptive capacity considering preparedness, response and rehabilitation of local communities and institutions.

Areas of Intervention

According to the World Bank study “Securing A Resilient Future for Bangladesh Sundarbans” in 2014, due to extreme weather events e.g., flood and slow onset change e.g., salinity, has led to an increase in migration; for seasonal labor and longer-term resettlement alike. Crisis of freshwater, lack of livelihood opportunities, lack of essential services including medical, education, sanitation, and proper living facilities are among the primary obstacles leading to increased vulnerability in the program’s working areas.

Our Approach

– Rainwater harvesting systems in communities
– High-platform flood resistant tubewells

– Deploying trained Mental Health Officers to screen and refer patients to ‘SHOJON’
– Health camps in communities
– Health awareness sessions
– Emergency referral case

– Climate Resilient Agriculture training and Green skills development shall be
– Training and creating market linkages for Keora achar making, honey, dry fish processing
– Green skills training

– Community-based integrated farming
– Training and supporting 840 participants to start vertical gardening
– Agroforestry practice to maximize crop yield

– Working alongside the Government, development partners, NGOs and communities across Bangladesh CCDM will strengthen disaster response mechanisms

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