Keeping it local: Activating the power of community for climate resilience in Bangladesh

Bengali Women Sitting in Circle

Bangladesh’s fertile land has been key to growth and has offered millions of people a hand out of poverty. 

That growth is becoming increasingly precarious as the impacts of a warming planet intensify.

The changes pose a particularly acute threat to the coastal poor, whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and whose homes sit atop the low-lying plain astride the Bay of Bengal.

In addition to shifting rainfall and rising temperatures, communities face the impacts of more frequent powerful cyclones as well as increasing flooding, salinity and erosion driven by sea level rise. 

Health and economic shocks as a result of COVID-19, as well as Cyclone Amphan and severe monsoon floods in past months have compounded the challenges for already struggling families. 

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