A new project is underway to transform Mongla Seaport, Bangladesh, into a climate migrant-friendly city
It is not new that, Poor people are losing their homes, lands, and livelihood due to climate change and frequently migrate to the capital.
A climate migrant-friendly city will develop in Mongla Port town of Bagerhat District in the Division of Khulna, Bangladesh.
Mongla will be the country’s first climate migrant-friendly city by exploiting the industrialization-employment opportunities centered on Mongla, the country’s second seaport.
Speakers expressed this hope at a project briefing meeting organized by development partners BRAC and Mongla Port Municipality. The meeting took place at Muktijoddha Complex of Bagerhat’s Mongla Upazila.
Md. Liaquat Ali, Director of Climate Change and Urban Development Program of BRAC International presided over the meeting. Sanjay Kumar Bhowmick, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, was the chief guest at the event.
The project named ‘Building Climate Resilient Migrant-Friendly Towns through Local Adaptation in Bangladesh’ will work to improve the livelihood, living environment, and urban management of climate migrants, women, children, and citizens with special needs in Mongla.
Speakers said this project would formulate a city climate adaptation plan with all stakeholders. Throughout this project, Mongla, a port city near the Sundarbans, will develop as the country’s first migrant-friendly city, leading the way for other cities to adapt to the climate crisis.