July 1, 2015 -
In Bangladesh, there has been an immense amount of work on climate adaptation and resilience by diverse donors, agencies, implementers. However, these efforts have lacked coordination and the lessons learned are not found in any centralized locale. There is not a wide availability of climate products beyond short-term weather forecasts, short-term flood forecasting, and early-warning and storm-tracking systems. Also, the delivery systems for climate information are as yet limited in their scope and effectiveness.
During meetings in which IRAP participated–involving the academic community represented by ICCCAD, Independent University, ULAB, and others–it was identified that IRAP in Bangladesh should assume a strategic and programmatic path. The meeting revealed the existence of a plethora of “pilot” projects whose outcomes have not generated wider benefits because they remain local and episodic. The need in Bangladesh at this point is to build upon the existing knowledge foundation and to scale up through the formation of sustainable partnerships that can implement this move to scale. Similarly, the group identified the gap between science (knowledge) and policy-making because of the disparate “cultural domains” occupied by researchers, on the one hand, and politicians on the other.
Thus, IRAP in Bangladesh would be thought of as a long-term commitment to creating the institutional frameworks by which the relevant and appropriate climate information is integrated into the decision-making process at multiple scales and for multiple stakeholders. To achieve this goal, the implementation of IRAP would depend upon lasting effective partnerships with Bangladeshi institutions and with the donor community.
Initially, IRAP in Bangladesh would have a regional scope that encompasses a range of livelihoods within the targeted region. There was general agreement from the scoping mission that a focus on the southwestern coastal region of Bangladesh was appropriate because of the diversity of livelihoods, the range of climate impacts—both sudden and slow onset—and the exceedingly high levels of vulnerability. Several meetings also identified the need to include urban climate information needs and urban livelihoods in the southwest would be included.
Saleh Ahmed; Tim Finan; Simon Mason
International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)