Giving vulnerable Bangladeshis the resources to cope with climate change

UN Development Programme
Sep 4 · 5 min read
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The award-winning ‘Forest-Fruit- Fish-Vegetable’ model (3FV), implemented in 28 hectares of degraded forest land.
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A densely populated, low-lying country dominated by floodplains, Bangladesh is exceptionally vulnerable to flooding.
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One project has taken a community-led, approach, working with nature to improve jobs and food security and reduce disaster risk.
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More than 2,000 families have been taught how to cultivate of saline-tolerant rice, build floating vegetable gardens, and grow fruit and pulses.
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More than 2,500 households have been trained in livestock-rearing, such as raising ducks establishing fisheries, including cage aquaculture and crab fattening.
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Razia Begum and her family have benefitted from the new farming models and are happy to have fresh, safe water.
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Restoring and nurturing mangrove forests, a first line of defence against climate disasters — has been a core component of the project.
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Jannatul Ferdous, 42, is a housewife and sometime day labourer, who is now able to sell fish to support her family. “We are thankful for the programme,” she says.

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