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Bangladesh is located in a low-lying delta, formed by the dense network of the distributaries of the rivers of Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. The country consists mostly of low and flat land, and a network of more than 230 major rivers and their tributaries. Bangladesh has a population of over 160 million and one of the highest population densities in the world. The Bangladeshi economy is based predominantly on agriculture, forestry, and fishing, though recently it has diversified to include manufacturing.

Project Activities

  • Improve the functionality of the existing DSS Bangladesh Agro-Meteorological Information System (BAMIS) for agriculture, and customize the Specialized Export System for Agro-Meteorological Early Warning for Climate Resilient Agriculture (SESAME) for livestock
  • Improve the Online Road Network, and transport DSS with risk information, early warning, climate database and a dynamic asset database
  • Improve the Flood Forecasting and Warning Systems (FloCAST) DSS with integrated exposure information and hydrometeorological data
  • Develop the Data Portal on River Hydro-Morphological and Climatological Information, including river pollution, water resources and regional weather data harmonization, and advanced analytics
  • Develop a comprehensive Water Data Portal on Climate Risks (and digital monitoring and evaluation to support the 2021 Delta Plan) for integrated water resources management
  • Develop an integrated climate planning and screening portal with their own interface, common for Finance, Economic Relations Division, and Planning
  • DSS training for policymakers and operational users from planning, finance, agriculture/livestock, water, transport and disaster risk management
  • Use the existing Climate Change Public Expenditure Review (PER) – policy, institutional and public expenditure review – to identify gaps and sequence an action plan for climate and disaster risk-informed investment, appraisal, and approval framework
  • Use the World Bank's Climate Change Fiscal Risk Analysis tool to support the design of climate-related fiscal-risk mitigation measures
  • Conduct district-level climate vulnerability assessments
  • Strengthen Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) strategy with a focus on livestock, agro-climatic zoning and monitoring framework
  • Agricultural policy analysis to support climate-resilient policy actions
  • Develop a climate-resilient infrastructure strategy for rural roads
  • Develop the Bangladesh Climate Fiscal Framework implementation plan
  • Complement the water sector's broader policy framework to include climate change models and analytical works to inform the water accounting
  • Support the drafting of the digital-based monitoring and evaluation policy framework under the Delta Plan implementation
  • Revision of the construction practices and procedures manual to incorporate climate-resilient design and practices, including for strategic and rural roads
  • Develop country-guiding document on CSA and livestock
  • Provide training to increase understanding of climate-resilience adaptive policy-making, design and solutions in priority sectors (transport, water and agriculture)
  • Adoption of technology solutions; support for the creation of climate-smart institution, governance, and finance; establishing a mechanism to support national-level centers of excellence and universities for technical collaboration with line ministries; and diagnosis and adaptive design
  • Technical support to ministries of finance and planning for climate-informed macro-level analysis, modeling, and climate-informed fiscal risk management
  • Technical support to assist countries in gaining access to international climate finance, including support the accreditation process for national/sub-national entities to access the Green Climate Fund
  • Provide monitoring and evaluation training in select sectors to better manage the portfolio and impact of activities supported by climate change
  • Provide capacity building to budgeting officers to prioritize investment, and determine tax incentive and subsidies with additional investments for climate resilience
  • Capacity building of government officials on CSA policy, agro-climatic zoning, and climate financing for the agriculture and livestock sectors
  • Training and capacity building to disseminate CSA technologies at three levels (national, sub-national and corporative societies/lead farmers)
  • Enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Water Resources, Water Resources Planning Organization, and Bangladesh Water Development Board on sector-specific policy formation, reform of the existing policy necessary and policymaking, and monitoring the impacts from adopting climate-smart and resilient approaches