Around 191,637 people have died from natural disasters in the last 30 years in Bangladesh, of which cyclones alone have accounted for 167,178 deaths. (Maplecroft Report)
Almost two billion people were affected by natural disasters in the last decade of the 20th century, 86% of them by floods and droughts. (WFP)
UNDP identifies Bangladesh to be the most vulnerable country in the world to tropical cyclones and the sixth most vulnerable country to floods. (UNDP (2004) A Global Report: Reducing Disaster Risk: A challenge for Development)
Over the last 35 years, the Government of Bangladesh has invested over $10 billion (at constant 2007 prices) to make the country more climate resilient and less vulnerable to natural disasters. (Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan)
In an ‘average’ year, approximately one quarter of the country is inundated. (Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan)
Once in every 4 to 5 years, there is a severe flood that may cover over 60% of the country and cause loss of life and substantial damage of infrastructure, housing, agriculture and livelihoods. (Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan)
About 830,000 ha cultivable land has been damaged by saline water intrusion from Bay of Bengal. At present 13% areas in Bagerhat, Khulna & Sathkhira, southwestern coastal districts of Bangladesh are affected by salinity which will increase to 16% by 2050 and 18% by 2100. (Climate Change and Bangladesh, Climate Change Cell, Department of Environment & Forest, Bangladesh, IPCC Report)
According to a Government estimate, around 1.5 million people took refuge in cyclone shelters when cyclone Sidr hit the coast of Bangladesh in November 2007. (Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan)
Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) is a coordinated financing mechanism by the Government of Bangladesh, development partners and the World Bank to address the impacts of climate change. The fund was established in May 2010 with financial support from Denmark, European Union, Sweden and United Kingdom. Switzerland, Australia and United States subsequently joined the fund. This mechanism is enabling the Government to channel in over US$188million grant funds to millions of Bangladeshis to build their resilience to the effects of climate change. The Bangladesh Government leads on the management and implementation of BCCRF.
BCCRF is a multi-donor trust fund for climate change. The fund was proposed as a modality for the development partners to support Bangladesh in implementing the Government's Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.
The Secretariat for the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, with support from the World Bank, is organizing a workshop titled, ‘Bangladesh – Where Climate Threats and Actions Meet’, at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka, on 4 March 2014.