Disaster risk reduction and climate change

Practical Action's programme in Bangladesh

Poor people are the most vulnerable. Their lives are highly susceptible to shocks or disruptions caused by climate change, natural disasters, conflict and the spread of infectious disease.

The overall programme goal is to strengthen the ability of poor people to use technology to cope with threats from natural disasters, environmental degradation and civil conflicts, thus aiming to address the following specific objectives:

  • Strengthening ways for the people living in fragile situation to cope with the environmental degradation and natural disasters, which threatens their livelihoods and improving vulnerable communities' ability to prepare for, survive and rebuild their livelihoods after natural disaster.
  • Preventing and managing conflicts over scare natural resources and competition for common property resources.
  • The programme will also partially address the issues of scaling up, integrating experience in new generation projects on production, processing, and marketing, to mitigate the risk of livelihoods.

Priority targets issues are greater understanding around vulnerability, risk mitigation, climate change and hazards to provide direction of work in six major key areas:

  • Disaster mitigation, coping with drought, flood and river erosion
  • Strengthening food security
  • Strengthen social protection
  • Strengthening natural resource management and conservation
  • Working with conflict within communities around natural resource management
  • Strengthening marginal voices

BBC Click

Click is the BBC’s flagship technology programme. This episode looks at how technology, introduced by Practical Action, is helping farmers in Bangladesh through weather information that gives them a chance to protect or save their crops.

Completed projects

Pumpkins Against Poverty

It’s monsoon time in Bangladesh and the Brahmaputra, Testa and Jamuna rivers have burst their banks. Many villages are under water and thousands of hectares of crops have been damaged. Thousands of people are affected by flooding in Kurigram, Chilmari and Gaibandha, the sites of our pump...

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From Vulnerability to Resilience

The V2R+ Project of Bangladesh is a part of Zurich Insurance Group’s Global Flood Resilience Programme. It aims to improve the resilience of 60,000 flood-vulnerable households in two districts of Bangladesh.

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Knowledge centres in Bangladesh

The government of Bangladesh has established some 4,500 information centres across the country to give people greater access to information associated with their livelihoods. In a pilot project in 30 of these centres, we established knowledge bazaars managed by entrepreneurs who generate enough i...

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Krishi call centre, Bangladesh

The Krishi call centre offers real-time advice on farming issues in Bangladesh. This is an initiative of Practical Answers.

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