Implementing Agency: UNDP
LDCF Project Grant: 3,300,000 USD
Many communities in Bangladesh are situated close to the shoreline and are reliant on agriculture and fishing for their livelihoods. Rising sea levels and changes in the frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones are raising the incidences of flooding, salt water intrusion and erosion, as well as loss of livelihoods, shelter and life. Given these circumstances, the Government of Bangladesh is working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement the “Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation” project in five coastal districts most susceptible to the effects of climate change. The project aims to enhance resilience of coastal communities as well as introduce new options for income generation, by adopting the successful community-based adaptation intervention known as the “Forest, Fish and Fruit” (FFF) model. By planting protective and productive vegetation, with an elevated mound and ditch structure interspersed with fish nursery ponds, the FFF model not only provides additional sources of income, but has also established a ‘green shield’ surrounding some of Bangladesh’s most vulnerable communities. An estimated 14, 350 households have been able to use this model to manage and protect their capital in a changing climate.
Source: Adaptation Learning Mechanism (UNDP)