Bangladesh is experiencing the adverse effects of climate change, including sea level rise in coastal areas, increasing severity of tropical cyclones and extreme rainfall events. Recognizing that climate impacts are undercutting hard won human development gains, Bangladesh has already taken strides on adaptation planning over the last decade, by implementing the National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA), setting-up climate change trust funds, and pioneering community based adaptation approaches. However, institutional arrangements and a coordinated strategy for mid- and long-term climate change adaptation investment are not yet in place. The objective of this Green Climate Fund (GCF) financed project is to formulate the Bangladesh National Adaptation Plan (NAP) with a focus on long term adaptation investment and enhancing national capacity for integration of climate change adaptation in planning, budgeting and financial tracking processes.
Bangladesh is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to extreme events, climate variability and change. To address the adverse effects of climate change, adaptation is included in the key national development plans, the 7th (2016-2020) and 8th (2020-2025) Five Year Plans. The adaptation programme is prioritized in the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA)-2009, the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP)-2009 and the 2021 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, Perspective Plan of Bangladesh 2021-2041, Sustainable Development Goals which are now under implementation. Bangladesh was a pioneer in bringing internal attention to supporting climate change adaptation, setting-up climate change trust funds and community-based adaptation approaches.
The project is designed to support the Government of Bangladesh to meet the objective of formulating the Bangladesh National Adaptation Plan with a focus on long-term adaptation investment and enhancing national capacity for integration of climate change adaptation in planning, budgeting and financial tracking processes.
The draft NAP has been prepared and is currently undergoing a review, editing and validation at various levels. Based on the latest climate change projections under three different scenarios and extensive consultations at local and national level, the draft NAP has identified a total of 90 high priority and 23 moderate priority interventions with a total investment cost of US$ 229 billion over a 27-years implementation period till the 13th Five Year Planning cycle (2023- 2050).
The draft NAP has particularly provided a detailed analysis in four areas a) climate risk and vulnerability projection and subsequent adaptation strategy b) mobilization of internal and external sources of finance c) Institutional structure and d) Monitoring and Evaluation mechanism. The process also documented some locally-led adaptation options and nature based solutions and priorities to adapt to climate change.
In addition, over 200 public officials have been trained on integration of climate change adaptation into project development process to support implementation of the NAP in Bangladesh. The training manual manual has been shared with key ministries and all the Upazila. A national capacity building action plan and knowledge management plan on climate change adaptation and nationwide climate change vulnerability and risk and stocktaking of adaptation efforts and lesson learned have been developed. A Climate Change Information and Knowledge Management (CCIKM) portal is being developed which will serve as a national repository on climate change.
Key results and outputs
Outcome 1: Strengthened institutional coordination and climate change information and knowledge management for medium- to long-term planning
Outcome 2: Adaptation options appraised and prioritized and National Adaptation Plan formulated
Outcome 3: Climate risk informed decision making tools developed and piloted by planning and budget departments at national and sectoral levels
Outcome 4: Nationally appropriate participatory adaptation investments tracking mechanism and financial plan for mid- and long-term CCA implementation set up