DHAKA Around two lakh vulnerable households in seven
disaster-prone districts are getting benefits from a government project,
which helps them enhance their resilience capacity to climate change.
The Local Government Division is implementing the Local Government
Initiatives on Climate change (LoGIC) involving US$ 568,558 for 2019 in 72
unions of Khunla, Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Kurigram and
Sunamganj, project officials said.
Under the project, every union parishad is getting about Taka 30 lakh to
strengthen its capacity to address climate change impacts, while the
community resilience fund is being distributed to the most vulnerable
communities to build their capacity, project's Khulna district grants monitor
and facilitator Md Asadul Hoque told BSS.
He said 10 most vulnerable unions in Khulna are getting about Taka eight
crore and 18 unions are receiving around Taka 12 crore to strengthen their
capacity in addressing climate change impacts.
Bagerhat district grants monitor and facilitator Ferdausi Sharmin said
apart from providing support to the communities, the project is giving
financial support to the vulnerable individual households to help them create
About 18,000 households have already received US$ 320 each under the
project, she added.
Noting that LoGIC project is linking the concerned department of the
government with the marginal people aiming to make them climate-resilient,
Sharmin said the local government bodies are being strengthened by imparting
training to its officials so that they can incorporate the climate change
issues in their plans and programmes.
Officials of the Local government bodies were trained on how climate change
issues could be put in the annual budget and the five-year-plan of the union
parishads, she said.
Ripon Kumar Mondal, chairman of Deluti Union Parishad of Paikgacha upazila
in Khulna, said after taking support from the project, his union parisad
imparted training to women on crab cultivation and all of them are farming
He said the union parishad also created a climate fund from its budgetary
allocation aiming to address the impacts of extreme climate events as his
union is located in a disaster-prone area.
LoGIC, a multi-donor collaborative initiative of the government, UNDP,
UNCDF, EU and SIDA, aims to enhance the capacity of vulnerable communities,
the Local Government Institutions (LGI) and civil society organisations for
planning and financing climate change adaptation solutions in selected
climate vulnerable areas.
Project priorities are being addressed through three sets of core actions:
capacity building, providing access to climate change funds and policy
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)