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An innovative model for engagement of rural citizens/community of Bangladesh with climate change

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Author(s):   Kibria G, Haroon AKY, Nugegoda D
Year:   2017
Journal:   Journal of Climate Change. 3 (2): 73-80



Citizens/community engagement (CE) is a "two-way interaction between the citizens and government(s) or the private sector that give citizens a stake in decision making, with the objective of improving development outcomes". CE is about human development/human welfare with respect to education, food and health security, sustainability and climate change. This article proposes a new model encompassing some innovative programmes and projects with the aim of engaging rural community of Bangladesh (referred to here as CE) with climate change adaptation and mitigation, climate risks management (CRM) and climate resilient development (CRD) and lowcarbon development (LCD). The proposed CE programme includes: (a) education of rural citizens; (b)-training of rural farmers on sustainable and climate-smart agriculture, climate-smart aquaculture practices and disaster management; and (c) generation of new job opportunities via climate-smart agriculture, aquaculture/fisheries, clean/green energy and carbon sink projects. The proposed CE has relevance with the newly globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The CE programmes will be coordinated by the Upazila (Sub-district) Administration and relevant departments within the Upazila. It is envisaged that CE programmes and projects would reduce poverty, hunger and enhance economic, social and environmental growth and development in rural Bangladesh in a most sustainable way. To implement CE, five levels of engagement strategies would be adopted (inform, consult, involve, collaborate and empower citizens/community). The success of CE on targeted objectives/goals will be evaluated based on costs and time spent, benefits achieved, feedback received from participants via satisfactory survey results etc.

Resource Description

  • Exposure : What is this?

    weather or climate related pathway by which climate change affects health

    General Exposure, Sea Level Rise, Temperature
  • Temperature: Heat
  • Geographic Feature: What is this?

    resource focuses on specific type of geography

  • Geographic Location: What is this?

    resource focuses on specific location

    Non-United States
  • Non-United States: Asia
  • Health Impact: What is this?

    specification of health effect or disease related to climate change exposure

    General Health Impact
  • Resource Type: What is this?

    format or standard characteristic of resource

    Research Article
  • Special Topics: What is this?

    related topics that intersect with those captured in other filters

    Adaptation, Communication, Mitigation , Policy, Sociodemographic Vulnerability, Vulnerable Population
  • Adaptation: Intervention, Resilience
  • Communication : Community, Disease Advocacy, or Non-Governmental
  • Mitigation: Secondary Health Impacts of Mitigation
  • Vulnerable Population: Children, Elderly, Low Socioeconomic Status, Workers, Other Vulnerable Population, Specify
  • Other Vulnerable Population, Specify: Farmers
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