Empowering Coastal Communities Addressing Climate Change and Resilience Project

The "Empowering Coastal Communities Addressing Climate Change and Resilience Project" is underway in 11 sub-districts across 7 coastal districts, including Bhola [Charfashan, Lalmohan, Tajumuddin], Patuakhali [Dasmina and Galachipa], Khulna [Paikgacha], Chittagong [Sandwip], Barisal [Barisal Sadar], Noakhali [Subarna Char and Hatia], and Cox's Bazar [Cox's Bazar Sadar]. These areas and their inhabitants have a strong reliance on the Bay of Bengal, but they've been grappling with frequent and severe climatic events for decades. Among the most affected are marginalized groups like displaced communities and fishermen, particularly women and adolescents, who face socio-economic and climate vulnerabilities. Hence, the project prioritizes their empowerment as a central issue.

The project aims to promote rights-based displacement management and enhance access for vulnerable communities, especially women and adolescents, to government services like Social Safety Net Programs (SSNPs). It also seeks to bolster equitable climate financing based on climate justice principles, educate vulnerable communities, adolescents, and youth on climate change, and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to build resilience and economic security. This involves promoting Climate Adaptive Income Generating Techniques (CAIGTs) in the selected areas to mitigate income erosion.

Implemented through a comprehensive partnership approach, the project is led by COAST in collaboration with AOSED, BNNRC, CSRL, DUS, Green Cox’s Bazar, ICDA, PRAAN, and SDI. It includes advocacy and campaigns at local, national, and international levels on climate justice issues. The project spans from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2025, with support from the Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF).