Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Program
Every year, disasters related to meteorological, hydrological and climate hazards cause significant loss of life, and set back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8,835 weather, climate and water-related disasters were reported globally. Together they caused the loss of 1.94 million lives and economic damages of US$ 2.4 trillion. The worst ten reported disasters in terms of human lives lost represented only 0.1 per cent of the total number of events but accounted for 69 per cent of the total lives lost (1.34 million). The ten most costly disasters accounted for 19 per cent of overall economic losses (US$ 443.6 billion). Storms, droughts, floods and extreme temperatures all figure on both lists of the worst disasters. Bangladesh is one of the worst victims of global climate change and its consequences. Therefore, enhancing the resilience of its people particularly people living in coastal belt and other geographic pocket most susceptible to climate change hazard is at heart of GO-NGO development initiatives. Disaster Risk Reduction program is aimed at making the target people climate resilient through imparting them with climate adaptive life skills and knowledge.
GIZ has taken the initiative of Goat Raring for urban climate migrants and vulnerable Citizens to improve their resilient livelihood. The project’s goal is to improve the living conditions of climate migrants. Furthermore, empowering the vulnerable communities through expecting 70% women of the target group will be involved in the process. From this perspective, poverty reduction practices in Khulna city to improve the living conditions of climate migrants and vulnerable residents of the “hotspots” are developed by representatives of civil society organizations. In addition, the program is also drawing some probable Risk Factors and Overcoming Strategies about extreme climate incidents. It is strengthening household capacities to deal with climate-related risk alongside to ensure the relationship with market actors. The project is being implemented in Khulna city corporation for One and half years (18 Months), started from November 2018 to April 2020