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Bangladesh wins the Earth Care Award 2012 for LDCF adaptation project

 

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of Bangladesh won the Earth Care Award 2012 (sponsored by the Times of India) for spearheading the  Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)  (LDCF) project “Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation in Bangladesh”. This year’s Earth Care Awards category was "Community-based adaptation and mitigation".

The LDCF- funded project has a strong community-based adaptation component and has benefited 18,269 households by involving them in afforestation, agriculture, livestock, and fishery-based livelihood adaptation.

 

 One of the significant adaptation response measures used is the development of FFF (Forest-Fish-Fruit) Model, a mound-ditch model that comprises short and long term resource and income generation, as well as livelihood diversification. This model is used in barren lands, located behind coastal mangrove forests. By using a combination of protective and productive vegetation, mound and ditch land structures, the FFF model has prevented land encroachment and ensured water security through rain water harvesting in ditches.  It offers multiple livelihood opportunities such as fish cultivation, irrigation for crops, and  conversion of barren land into productive land. This model accommodates families in the community with at least US $1,000 additional income/beneficiary/year. Ms. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF expressed: “Through on-ground projects in over 42 least developed countries, the LDCF has been fulfilling its mandate to address the urgent climate change adaptation needs of the most vulnerable. However, it is only through engaged governments and community ownership, such as in the case of Bangladesh, that the expected adaptation benefits of these projects can be realized. This award honors Bangladesh's commitment and substantiates LDCF's decade-long efforts towards fulfilling adaptation needs.”

 

This innovative project, implemented by UNDP, is also the recipient of an award in the “Knowledge Competition” of the Fifth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA5), held at Dhaka on March 26-31, 2011. This is a remarkable example of the achievements of LDCF in concrete adaptation actions finance.

 

For more information:

  1. GEF project documents
  2. Project Highlight on the Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM)
  3. Official letter sent to the Ministry confirming the achievement 
 

Contact:

Mr. John Diamond
Senior Communication Officer | Spokesperson
Phone +1 202 458 7953
E-mail: jdiamond@thegef.org 

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

Since 1991, GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $10.5 billion in grants and leveraging $51 billion in co-financing for over 2,700 projects in over 168 countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 14,000 small grants directly to civil society and community based organizations, totaling $634 million. For more information, visit www.thegef.org.

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