The Green Climate Fund has approved almost $25m in grant funding to support the efforts of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to build the adaptive capacities of women and adolescent girls living in the southwestern districts of Bangladesh.
Green Climate Fund is world's largest multilateral fund for climate change action.
With a focus on women and adolescent girls, a new six-year project "Enhancing adaptive capacities of coastal communities, especially women, to cope with climate change induced salinity" will began in July.
The project will benefit 700,000 people living in disaster-prone areas, says a statement issued by UNDP.
According to the statement, this is first of its kind project in Bangladesh, where the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs, is providing $8m as a co-financer to work with UNDP to empower women as "change-agents" to plan, implement, and manage climate-resilient solutions.
The project will provide assistance to 39,000 women and girls in Satkhira and Khulna to adopt resilient livelihoods, while ensuring reliable, safe drinking water for 130,000 people through community-managed rainwater harvesting solutions.
It will also seek to strengthen the participation of women in last-mile dissemination of gender-responsive early warnings and continued monitoring and adaptation of livelihoods to evolving climate risks.
In addition to training in business development, the project will link women’s producer groups to business via networking activities (including through Public-Private Initiative platforms to be established at local level), and will provide support to access credit from the financial sector.
The project will link women’s producer groups to market, the statement said.
Nasima Begum ndc, secretary, ministry of women and children affairs, welcomed the Green Climate Fund Board’s approval.
She said: “The Government of Bangladesh is committed to tackling climate change in the context of its overall development framework and its goals under Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
"This newly approved project contributes towards priorities outlined in Bangladesh’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC’s) and climate change strategies, including its Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan and existing Climate Change Gender Action Plan.”
Through the project, the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs will be integrating gender and climate change across sectors. The Department of Public Health Engineering will be scaling-up climate-resilient solutions to ensure safe drinking water across coastal communities.
Ripan Kumar Mondal, Chairman, Deluti Union, Khulna said: “Through this women-centered initiative of Green Climate Fund and UNDP, almost 1500 women and adolescent girls from my union, will learn about climate change.
"It will help communities in my union adapt to climate change by addressing extreme weather conditions such as cyclones and flooding, as well as the consequence of increased salinity conditions in agriculture in Bangladesh.”
Sudipto Mukerjee, UNDP Country Director in Bangladesh, said: “Climate Action, Goal-13 of the Sustainable Development Goals, can’t be achieved if the women remain ignored. It’s also very important, to involve all other relevant ministries, like Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs, who are now working with us to empower women in safeguarding lives and livelihoods.
"If all the actors work together in harmony with each other, then Bangladesh will be able to achieve both SDG13 as well as the climate change goals.”