- Deploy scalable adaption measures
- Address freshwater crisis through engineering solutions
- Increase access to physical and mental healthcare service
- Support climate resilient livelihood opportunities and green skills development
- Introduce effective nature based solutions (Nbs) for disaster risk reduction
- Disaster response mechanism
Bangladesh is widely considered to be at the forefront of climate change and disaster impacts. SAJIDA's Climate Change & Disaster Management Programme (CCDM) is a one-stop platform to deliver, high-impact, gender responsive, and socially inclusive climate solutions. The programme is being implemented in Shatkhira, Bagerhat, Gaibandha, Kurigram, and Sunamganj.
CCDM is supporting climate-resilient livelihood opportunities and green skills development, and developing long-term nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction, while creating opportunities for cohabiting people and biodiversity. The programme focuses on four areas of intervention- access to fresh water, healthcare, sustainable livelihood, and nature-based solutions.
- Mobilise private sector actors
- Climate Innovation Fund: Support startups and social enterprises to scale climate solutions
- Introduce incubator programme to promote transformative ideas
- Green Bond: Leverage SAJIDA’s existing capital market experience to introduce Green Bonds
- Collective advocacy
- Link with global coalition to undertake policy discussions
- Develop knowledge products with experts and international partners to support effective decision making
The initiative's primary objective is to enhance access to clean water by establishing rainwater harvesting systems and installing plinth raised tube wells. To achieve this goal, the initiative will offer WASH training and awareness sessions to promote good hygiene practices. The ultimate aim of these efforts is to ensure that communities have access to safe and clean water for essential activities such as drinking, cooking, and washing while also minimising the risk of water-borne illnesses. Additionally, the initiative seeks to improve health outcomes and promote sustainable water management practices within communities.
The healthcare initiative has placed its emphasis on the mobilisation and capacity building of community health workers, who will receive training in Mental Health First Aid alongside other essential healthcare services. The initiative aims to prevent climate-sensitive diseases by providing essential healthcare services, as well as conducting screening and referral services for both general and mental health. Additionally, medical consultancy support will be available, and health awareness campaigns will be conducted within the community. The overarching goal is to enhance access to high-quality healthcare services and promote the overall well-being of all members of the community.
The initiative seeks to promote climate-resilient agricultural practices and foster green skills development, such as training in ecotourism. In order to facilitate a transition towards more sustainable and resilient farming methods, market linkage support will be provided to connect farmers with buyers and enable access to new markets. Additionally, grants and input support will be available to assist farmers in adopting such practices. These efforts aim to support farmers in adapting to the impacts of climate change, while also diversifying their livelihoods. By promoting sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism as key drivers of economic growth and development, the initiative aims to foster a culture of environmental awareness and responsibility.
The initiative prioritises the promotion of agroforestry, the integration of agriculture and aquaculture, and urban nature-based interventions. Grant support will be provided to incentivise the adoption of these practices, while capacity building sessions will be held to enhance understanding and expertise in these areas. These efforts aim to support the development of sustainable and resilient food systems, facilitate the integration of agriculture and aquaculture, and promote the use of nature-based solutions in urban areas. The overarching goal is to foster the adoption of sustainable and regenerative practices that can help mitigate the impacts of climate change while also supporting livelihoods and enhancing the overall health and well-being of communities.
Bangladesh, being a riverine country, experiences annual flooding, which affects a significant portion of the country. In response, the initiative seeks to establish a robust disaster response mechanism that enables communities to effectively prepare and respond to natural disasters and other crises. This involves equipping individuals and communities with the necessary tools and techniques to respond to emergencies, as well as coordinating humanitarian efforts to ensure that aid is delivered swiftly and efficiently. The ultimate goal is to minimise the impact of disasters on communities, foster resilience in times of crisis, and enhance the ability of communities to respond to and recover from natural disasters.
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