A Brief Review of Projects under the Department of Environment, and the Department of Women Affairs from a Gender Responsive Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Perspective

Thematic Area: Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Disaster Risk Reduction
Geographic Area: Bangladesh


Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) are key aspects of sustainable development. Bangladesh’s first step towards climate change adaptation was through the preparation of the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) in 2005 in response to the recommendations of the UNFCCC. In 2009 the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) was developed. This strategy remains the country’s key policy document on climate change. The Government of Bangladesh has increasingly noted the disproportionate impact of climate change and climate-induced disasters on women. This report is an attempt to briefly review key projects under the Department of Women’s Affairs and the Department of Environment’s to understand if projects are in fact risk informed and gender responsive in order to meet this growing recognition.

The objective of this assignment is to briefly review projects from the DWA and DOE to understand the extent to which select government departments develop risk informed and also gender responsive projects.