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UCCAR Training Workshop Boosts Resilience of Bangladesh Cities to Climate Change

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CDIA, in collaboration with USAID Adapt Asia Pacific and the International Centre for Climate Change Adaptation and Development (ICCCAD) delivered a training course on urban resilience that specifically targeted mid-level and senior officials from cities in Bangladesh. Held from December 19-22 in Dhaka, the Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience course brought together the cities of Bagerhat, Faridpur, Gazipur, Sathkira, Singra, and Sirajganj. A total of 25 participants were in attendance.

The four‐day course had different modules which provided tools and techniques for assessing climate change impacts and vulnerabilities; presented a framework for identification, evaluation, selection, and implementation of climate adaptation projects; and discussed the options available for financing adaptation projects and methods of accessing climate change finance.

Delivered in the local language Bangla (powerpoint presentations, as well as the discussion), it paved the way for an open exchange wherein the participants were quick to clarify concepts, and the local trainers able to find suitable local examples. There was an emphasis on the cause and effect of climate change which was not fully understood, as well as creating a distinction between a business-as-usual project and a project ready for climate finance.

A community visit in a flood-prone informal settlement area in Dhaka to do a mini-vulnerability assessment was integrated into the program to internalize understanding of vulnerability, exposure, hazards and risks. For many of the city officials, it was the first time for them to interact directly with local residents to do data gathering.

On the climate finance panel discussion, among the resource persons was Dr. Fazle Rabbi Siddiqui, Deputy Secretary of the Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund who mentioned that a large number of project proposals submitted fail to successfully incorporate climate change. Hence, the cities were reminded that to qualify for funding of projects, particularly those aimed at accessing the Green Climate Fund (GCF), their proposals must demonstrate potential for ‘transformational change.’

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