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2nd International Workshop on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change

IISD's Summary

4 March 2007

On Saturday and Sunday, 24-25 February, workshop participants went out into the field to see first hand what communities are doing to adapt and the various techniques they are using

Slide Presentations of Field Visits:

--> Sariakandi Union in Bogra District, Nothwest Bangladesh

--> Gidari Union in Gaibandha District: River bank protection activities along the Brahmaputra River

--> Gidari Union in Gaibandha District: Community based adaptation activities along the Brahmaputra River

Site Visit to Flood and River Erosion Area in Northwest Bangladesh

Sariakandi Union in Bogra District

The Jamuna River in the village of Antartara in the Sariakandi Union in Bogra District in northwest, Bangladesh.

Azmul Hussain (left) in Antartara village, explains how his grandfather had 90 acres of land in what is now the river, and now he has less than 90 square meters of land. When asked if he ever expected to buy more land, he said that he could not even imagine having any land of his own.



Shirin (above) explains how she has had to move her house countless times over the last few years because of flooding. She said she was able to buy a new cow with assistance from Practical Action and other partners, and that half of the her house is for the cow and the other half for the rest of her family. She has four daughters, but cannot afford to keep them in school.



This map, above left, prepared by one of the workshop participants, illustrates the movement of the river inland over time; above right, the river embankment floods over during the monsoon season

This man (above and left) explains how his family has had to move five times since 1990. His house is raised off the ground in order make it more flood proof. He explains that he was able to buy some land since he received some money from the government due to an injury from his time in the army.

Visit to villages in Gidari Union in Gaibandha District

River bank protection activities along the Brahmaputra River, which completely dries up during the dry season and floods over during the rainy season.
Salam Abdul, 55 years old with four kids, is paid 75 taka (a little more than $1) a day for his work, digging clay out of the dried river bed to help build the embankment protecting the village.

The river bank of the Brahmaputra river in a village in the Kamarjani Union


Abdul Mannau Sarkar, 64 years old, has a pharmacy in the village and says he has moved his house ten times due to river siltation and erosion.

This boy (above right) is standing in the middle of the dry river bed of the Brahmaputra river. During the rainy season, the river flows up to the top of the embankments.
Villagers in Gaibandha District during a community meeting
Improved efficient cooking stoves that can be easily moved during flood seasons.

Much of the land in the Gaibandha district floods during the monsoon season, making it impossible to grow crops. The floating garden (seen above), developed by Practical Action, is an adaptation technology to allow farmers to grow food on flooded land. A floating garden is built using water hyacinth, which is collected to construct a floating raft. This is covered with soil and cow dung, in which vegetables can be planted. A new raft needs to be built every year, but the old one can be used as fertiliser during the dry season. Floating gardens can be moved from place to place and are suitable for those that have temporarily or permanently lost their homes and land.

Community nursery supported by Practical Action and Gana Unnayon Kendra (GUK), a local NGO working in the Gaibandha district
Awareness raising activities through posters, billboards and rickshaw plates: the rickshaw plate on the left says that using improved cooking stoves will reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions (above left); the billboard on the right explains the causes of climate change, the impact of climate change on the communities, and what can be done to adapt to these impacts.


These schoolchildren in Gaibandha District learn about climate change and its impacts and have environmental education programmes.
Photos from the Workshop in Dhaka


Panel discussion on mainstreaming and partnerships (left to right): Ivan Biot, Department for International Development (DFID), Stephen Gitonga, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), Ian Burton, IPCC lead author, and Annelieke Douma, Bothends, the Netherlands



Roger Jones, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, presented the "Burtoni" award to Saleemul Huq, IIED, UK, for his work linking adaptation and development, his research on decision making and his efforts to build capacity. The “Burtoni” award is named after its first recipient, Ian Burton, for his contribution to adaptation science and policy.



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