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Community-based adaptation to climate change through coastal afforestation in Bangladesh

Posted on: 9 Oct 2015 / Submitted by: Roland Hunter
By Shahnoor Habib Munmun

In the LDCF-funded project "Community-based adaptation to climate change through coastal afforestation", the Government of Bangladesh implemented multiple climate change adaptation interventions in four pilot coastal sites, focusing on restoration and replanting of degraded mangrove and wetland areas. The project resulted in the creation of paid work opportunities for community members while generating multiple socio-economic and environmental benefits.

Key lessons

  • This project was jointly implemented by multiple agencies and managed by various stakeholders. Consequently, cooperation between all stakeholders – including government ministries – is integral to the implementation of adaptation projects.
  • Support from local communities was an important aspect contributing to the success of this project. Community participation can be promoted through the overlap of EbA and community-based adaptation – i.e. reducing the vulnerability of relevant ecosystems while empowering local communities.
  • Educating and training local communities on EbA – and thereby increasing their adaptive capacity to climate change – promotes the success of adaptation projects.
  • Adaptation to climate change can be integrated into existing restoration activities.
  • Limited community support for the project is a potential barrier to its successful implementation.
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