Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2009

Technical Report

Bangladesh is one of the most climate  vulnerable countries in the world and will  become even more so as a result of climate  change. Floods, tropical cyclones, storm surges  and droughts are likely to become more  frequent and severe in the coming years. Many  would say that the signs of the future changes  have already begun to become apparent. These  changes will threaten the significant  achievements Bangladesh has made over the  last 20 years in increasing incomes and reducing  poverty, and will make it more difficult to  achieve the MDGs. It is essential that  Bangladesh prepares now to adapt to climate  change and safeguard the future well-being of  its citizens. Indeed, the new democratic  government is unequivocal in its commitment  to protect the people from the ravages of  climate change as stated clearly in its election  manifesto.  Over the last 35 years, the Government of  Bangladesh has invested over $10 billion to  make the country less vulnerable to natural  disasters. These investments, in many cases  supported by development partners, include  flood management schemes, coastal polders,  cyclone and flood shelters, and the raising of  roads and highways above flood level. In  addition, the Government of Bangladesh has  developed state-of-the-art warning systems for m floods, cyclones and storm surges, and is  expanding community-based disaster  preparedness. Climate resilient varieties of rice  and other crops have also been developed.  The challenge Bangladesh now faces is to scale  up these investments to create a suitable  environment for the economic and social  development of the country and to secure the  well-being of the people, especially the poorest  and most vulnerable groups, including women  and children.

Date and language
Sep 2009
Agris Subject Categories: 
Climate change
Physical Location: 
FPMU Documentation Center
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