World Bank: Bangladesh strengthens people's resilience to climate change

2012-11-12 13:51:12 GMT2012-11-12 21:51:12(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

DHAKA, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank Monday said Bangladesh has achieved significant progress through a fund to strengthen the people's resilience to climate change.

Under Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF), according to the Washington-based lender, projects are already underway to build and rehabilitate cyclone shelters, mobilize communities for afforestation and reforestation and involve the local non-governmental organizations for community-based climate change adaptation activities in poor and vulnerable areas.

It said initiatives to introduce solar irrigation, agricultural adaptation measures and build modern food storage facilities are currently under preparation.

Initiatives to introduce solar irrigation, agricultural adaptation measures and build modern food storage facilities are currently under preparation, said the bank in a statement.

Ellen Goldstein, country director of World Bank Bangladesh, commended the commitment demonstrated by the government in helping vulnerable Bangladeshis adapt to the effects of the changing climate.

Under BCCRF, in total, 61 multipurpose cyclone shelters are planned for construction, in 5 coastal districts of Bangladesh - Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Barguna, Satkhira and Khulna, said the statement.

To date, it said the construction of 37 shelters has already started and is expected to be completed by the end of June, 2013.

According to the statement, forests will be revived in a total of 17,000 hectares of land and 1,672 km roadside plantation through the participatory afforestation and reforestation project under the BCCRF.

Trees are to be planted on around 7000 hectares to stabilize the land and lessen the impact of cyclones, it said.

The bank expressed the hope that the NGOs-implemented community- based climate change projects will build the capacity of communities in poor and vulnerable sub-districts to adapt to climate change.

The projects will invite NGOs to submit proposals that will address climate change impacts in salinity-affected coastal areas, flood-affected char-lands and river basins, and drought-affected or rainfall-scarce areas. The first call of proposals will be on November 17, 2012, it said.

The BCCRF aims at providing grant funding of 25 million U.S. dollars to Infrastructure Development Company Ltd for the installation of 1,500 solar irrigation pumps, it said, adding the use of this technology will strengthen the livelihoods of farmers, facilitate national food security and increase resilience of the agricultural sector to the effects of climate change.

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