Scaling up locally led adaptation in Bangladesh: three action areas


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Although highly climate-vulnerable, Bangladesh in South Asia is known as a
pioneer of climate change adaptation. Recent national policies have

recognized the importance of community-based and locally-led adaptation
(LLA). Where LLA interventions have been used by international
and national nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), they have proven
practical and widely accepted by local communities. Yet significant gaps
remain in implementing LLA nationally due to legislative, administrative, and

conceptual limitations. Meeting Bangladesh’s ambitious national targets will

require better coordination within the government and with NGOs so that each

can benefit from the other. Building on recent examples, this briefing

showcases existing interventions that are replicable and scalable and

presents three key action areas requiring further government support. The

lessons are also relevant to LLA practitioners in Bangladesh and other Least

Developed Countries.

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