CARE Bangladesh already has a long history of working on climate change and is well known for its pioneering tools and methods (for example- Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment), particularly in climate change advocacy and programming. Yet even with these positive investments CARE, like many other organizations, is only just beginning to feel the gravity of the challenge it faces. CARE Bangladesh aims to enhance its Climate Change programming and portfolio in coming years. Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change (RVCC) and PRODUCE are two classic examples of successful climate change projects implemented by CARE in past. SHOUHARDO II and FSUP projects have also embedded Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change themes into the food security projects.
Development of Climate Change Strategy for CARE Bangladesh has been undertaken to build on CARE's solid foundation of climate work and draw on its niche. This includes a strong presence in climate vulnerable areas, promoting gender-equitable responses to climate change, focusing on rights-based approaches and working across the spectrum from humanitarian assistance to longer-term development.
CARE has recently completed two researches on Climate Change. CARE and the United Nations University's Institute of Environment and Human Security have conducted a research 'Rainfall, Food Security and Human Mobility: Case Study Bangladesh' under Where the Rain Falls project to explore how changing weather patterns, food security and human mobility affect the most vulnerable people. Where the Rainfalls- Community Based Adaptation (WtRF CBA) project is also being implemented for 2014-2015 in Kurigram district. The goal is to improve the resilience of targeted vulnerable communities to the increasing consequences of rainfall variability by promoting adaptive agricultural practices and efficient water resource management. Centre for Global Change (CGC) and CARE Bangladesh have undertaken another study 'Assessment of Household Vulnerabilities to Climate Change in the Haor Region of Bangladesh'. Another study will be launched soon to see the linkages of Climate Change and Gender.
Given that climate change is an interconnected global problem severely impacting CARE's mission and the rights of the poorest people, CARE will continue to frame its work in the context of climate justice and equity. CARE Bangladesh has recently re-engaged with Climate Action Network for South Asia (CANSA) and secured a seat at Bangladesh steering committee. CARE Bangladesh as part of the Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) project has played a key role for passing of the Disaster Management Act. CARE will identify its niche on climate change advocacy and continue to work with peers and allies for joint advocacy.
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