ADB releases climate and disaster risk map for Bangladesh
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in association with the Planning Commission of Bangladesh, has released Bangladesh Climate and Disaster Risk Map. The map has releases on February 19, 2022.
The map includes geological images for climate and disaster risk capability, and assessment will be an effective tool for infrastructure planning and design, disaster mitigation, and climate and disaster response.
An ADB press release reflects the priorities set out in ADB’s Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Bangladesh (2021-2025) and Strategy 2030, as well as Bangladesh’s policies and strategies for environmental sustainability and climate resilience.
The two volumes, Volume 1 – Hazards and Volume 2 – Exposure, Vulnerability, and Risk, intend to assist in designing and implementing projects and options for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management in Bangladesh.
They are part of the project ‘Establishing a Climate Risk Screening System for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mainstream of National Development Budgeting Activities.’
ADB’s Regional Knowledge and Assistance (Capacity Development) Technical Assistance funds by the Technical Assistance Program on Climate Change in South Asia (2013-2018) have already been taken up by the Government.
The Programming division implemented the project under the supervision of Dr. Nurun Nahar, Joint Chief of the Planning Commission.
According to the ADB official announcement, the goal of the Regional Technical Assistance Project is to enhance further the capacity of developing member countries of South Asia, including Bangladesh, to manage the effects of climate change by effectively transitioning to a path of low carbon and climate-resilient development.
The technical assistance project has strengthened the capacity of investment projects against climate risk and enhanced the ability to develop and implement climate change strategies and action plans.
In line with the 2021-2025 ADB CPS Paris Agreement, it has prioritized enhanced assistance in adapting and mitigating climate change to disaster risk management and addressing the country’s vulnerability to climate events and other natural disasters.
As programs expand to address the effects of climate change directly through integrated water, rivers, and coastal areas, a holistic approach to incorporate the climate change strategies will implement.
ADB commits to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and Pacific region by continuing its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.