In Bagerhat, about 18,000 households already received $320 each under the project
A government project is set to finance around 2,00,000 households in seven disaster-prone districts in order to enhance their resilience capacity to climate change.
This year, the Local Government Division implemented the Local Government Initiatives on Climate Change (LoGIC), involving $568,558, for housing purposes in 72 unions of Khunla, Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Kurigram and Sunamganj, reports BSS.
The project’s Khulna district grants monitor and facilitator Md Asadul Hoque said: "Under the project, every union parishad is getting about Tk30,00,000 to strengthen its capacity to address climate change impacts.
"In addition to that, community resilience fund is being distributed to the most vulnerable communities to enhance their abilities to cope with climate change," he added.
Asadul said: "Ten most vulnerable unions in Khulna are getting about Tk8,00,00,000, while 18 other unions are receiving around Tk1,200,00,000 to deal with climate changes."
Bagerhat district grants monitor and facilitator Ferdausi Sharmin said apart from providing support to the communities, the project is set to provide financial support to the vulnerable individuals to help them create climate-resilient livelihood options.
“In Bagerhat, about 18,000 households have already received $320 each under the project,” she added.
She also furthered: "Officials of the Local government bodies are also being trained on how climate change issues can be put in the annual budget, as well as in the five-year-plan of the union parishads."
Chairman of Deluti Union Parishad of Paikgacha upazila in Khulna, Ripon Kumar Mondal, said after taking support from the project, his union parishad imparted training to women on crab cultivation.
He also said with the project's help, they created a climate fund from its budgetary allocation to address extreme climate changes as their union was located in a disaster-prone area.
LoGIC, a multi-donor collaborative initiative of the government, UNDP, UNCDF, EU and SIDA, aim to enhance the capacity of vulnerable communities, the Local Government Institutions (LGI), and civil society organizations for planning and financing climate change adaptation solutions in selected disaster-prone areas.
They are prioritizing the projects based on three sets of core actions, which are capacity building, providing access to climate change funds, and policy advocacy.