Local Government Initiatives on Climate Change

Local government authorities in Bangladesh have enhanced capabilities to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction in their plan and vulnerable households are better prepared to reduce risks of damage caused by disasters and climate change.

  • Project Name
    Local Government Initiative on Climate Change
  • Project Phase
    2018 to 2020
  • Funding
    The project is funded by the EU, SIDA, UNCDF and managed by UNDP
  • Thematic focus
    Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion
    Climate & Disaster Resilience

Bangladesh is among the top ten countries that have been most severely affected by climate change and disasters. The country is flat, low-lying and is dependent on the monsoon system. The coping capacity of the impoverished population is severely reduced and developing capacities of local communities and local government institutions is critical for climate change adaptation and resilience.

The Government of Bangladesh has lost about 15% of its GDP in five major disasters since 1998 which caused further poverty and vulnerability amongst its population.  According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the number of cyclones in Bangladesh is likely to rise in the future.

The Local Government Initiative on Climate Change (LoGIC) enhances the capacity of vulnerable communities, Local Government Institutions and Civil Society Organizations for planning and financing climate change adaptation in climate vulnerable areas. The project is a multi-donor initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, the UN Development Programme, the UN Capital Development Fund, the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

CRF Group business plan preparation at Khontakata, Sarankhola, Bagerhat
HH-Census by CMf

HELVETAS as field level facilitator contributes to achieving the following objectives: supporting the mapping and assessment of local stakeholders in regard to their knowledge on climate change adaptation and participatory planning; facilitating the process of identifying potential climate change adaptation options for local communities and build their capacity to implement adaptation schemes; building capacity of the Union Parishads (lowest local administrative level) to develop risk informed and inclusive annual and five-year Local Development plans; tracking the spending of the Performance based Climate Resilience Grants (PBCRG) through local public accountability mechanisms.

HELVETAS facilitates the capacity building of local governments and citizens who are the key actors in this process. Individuals and households are better equipped with information, knowledge, skills and technology to adapt to climate change including leadership skills to influence the local planning process. Local government institutions have strengthened capacities in integrated planning, budgeting and implementation promoting inclusive and accountable local governance.

The project is working in the 7 most climate vulnerable districts and 19 sub-districts targeting 200,000 people. 

The project is funded by EU, SIDA, UNCDF and managed by UNDP.