Bangladesh is a low-lying country situated on a large delta formed by the convergence of the mighty Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. During monsoon more than half a million people are severely affected by the overflowing and river erosion of these rivers, especially those living in the target char areas of Shariatpur, Faridpur and Rajbari districts in Padma basin of central Bangladesh. This affects and reduces their coping capacities, which in turn is the prime factor for their prevailing poverty. In the context of Rajbari, Faridpur and Shariatpur districts, 1.3 million (34%) out of total of 3.8 million people live in char areas and are classified as extremely poor.
Risks associated with climate change are more disastrous for the communities living in project areas that will expose them more to the impacts of climate change. Additionally, poor resources for DRR and inadequate governance can increase the vulnerability of such communities to disasters. In order to reverse this trend of increasing vulnerability to disasters, more concerted attention is needed to make these communities more resilient. Through this project Oxfam aims to effectively address vulnerability to floods and thereby reduce poverty and suffering. It would be mainly achieved through increased awareness of communities, enchaining their coping capacity, and strengthening institutional linkages on DRR issues among stakeholders, particularly communities and Union Parisad (UP) evident at local level and national level.
Implementation Time-Frame: July 2009 to September 2010 (15 months)
Budget : EUR 302,536 (Financially 85% supported by ECHO and 15% by Oxfam GB)
Location : Kunder Char Union in Zajinra Upazila of Shariatpur, Char Nasirpur Union in Sadarpur Upazila of Faridpur and Debgram Union in Goalanda upazila of Rajbari districts.
Beneficiaries : A total of 18,067 beneficiaries will be directly capacitated to mobilize 90,479 community members to reduce their disaster related risks.
Title/Theme : Building Community Resilience to Floods in Central Region of Bangladesh
Principal Objective : To reduce the vulnerability of the poor and marginalized communities living in three flood prone districts of central Bangladesh.
Specific Objective : To strengthen the capacity of vulnerable flood prone communities in Shariatpur, Faridpur and Rajbari Districts of central Bangladesh to better respond to disasters, mitigate risk and benefit from community-based preparedness measures.
- Increased awareness of communities to cope with the affects of floods and other natural hazards
- Enhanced capacity of communities to cope with the affects of floods and other natural hazards
- Increased capacities within the communities and at district level to mitigate the affects of floods through small-scale mitigation measures
- Strengthen Institutional linkage and coordinated effort on DRR issue among relevant stakeholders evident at local and national level