Nature-based Solutions Bangladesh

"Communities within Bangladesh have been working with nature for many years to adapt to climatic impacts and there is a rich body of knowledge on how to implement Nature-based Solutions."

News item image 34th Monthly Learning Hub Event © Noor-E-Elahi, ICCCAD

Learning Hub Event on Nature-based Solutions for Development Planning in Bangladesh

22nd March 2020

The topic of the 34th Monthly Learning Hub Event (LHE) is the role of Nature-based Solutions for development planning in Bangladesh. The event was held on 15 March 2020 at Bangladesh Planning Commission. It was organized under the MoU between the General Economic Division (GED), Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), and supported by the Nature-based Solutions Initiative. The workshop formally introduced the concept of NbS to relevant government departments, and stimulated discussion of how NbS could be mainstreamed into development planning and policy.

Nature-based solutions are already widely implemented in Bangladesh, however, there is ample opportunity for consolidation and sharing of knowledge, and greater integration of NbS into the national development strategy.

Key recommendations from the session were:

  • NbS should be incorporated in Bangladesh’s upcoming five-year economic plan and other development plans
  • Further details on use of NbS for climate change mitigation and adaptation should be added to Bangladesh’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the Paris Agreement
  • NbS should be included in the Development Project Proforma, so that nature-based methods are always considered for development projects
  • A NbS database should be created, to encourage a deeper understanding of NbS and aid identification of best practice
  • Supply chains in the food sector should be examined, to incorporate NbS and reduce damage to biodiversity from agriculture
  • Local communities should be at the centre of NbS planning and implementation

Report is available here