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$33m project signed for adaptive capacity of coastal women

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Health Desk-28 Dec’18: The government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday signed an agreement to implement $33m project which will benefit almost 7 lakh people from the disaster prone Satkhira and Khulna districts with a focus on women and adolescent girls.

They have joined hands to make transformational changes for women vulnerable to climate change, said a press release.

The agreement was signed at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) for the implementation of a six-year project.

The Project titled ‘Enhancing adaptive capacities of coastal communities, especially women, to cope with climate change induced salinity’ will be financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

This is first of its kind project in Bangladesh, where the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs, providing $8 million, along with GCF, who are providing the rest as a co-financer to plan, implement, and manage climate-resilient solutions.

Attending the signing ceremony, Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh said the project will limit the impact of climate change as much as possible so that Bangladesh’s commitment to attain the Sustainable Development Goals is smooth, leaving no one behind.

Monowar Ahmed, Secretary, ERD, as the chair of the ceremony said the government is committed to building a climate resilient Bangladesh and this project will particularly help women and girls to fight climate change.

Among others, Sultana Afroz, Additional Secretary, ERD, Md Saifur Rahman, Chief Engineer, Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), spoke at the event.