Bangladesh Climate Change Trust (BCCT)

Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world and will become even more so as a result of climate change. Though the country has made considerable progress in meeting the targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change induced risks like cyclone, tidal surge, coastal inundation and salinity intrusion due to sea level rise, erratic rainfall, flood, river bank erosion, drought, landslide and negative impacts on agricultural production have appeared as hindrances to achieving the targets of Vision 2021. Attaching highest importance to the issue, Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) 2009 was formulated. BCCSAP 2009 identified six thematic areas, namely (1) food security, social protection and health, (2) comprehensive disaster management, (3) infrastructure, (4) research and knowledge management, (5) mitigation and low-carbon development, and (6) capacity building and institutional strengthening.

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The Government of Bangladesh attaches highest importance to the necessity of enhancingnational capacity to cope with the risks induced by climate change. To achieve this end, Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) 2009was formulated with specific focus on the following six thematic areas.

  1.     food security, social protection and health,
  2.     comprehensive disaster management,
  3.     infrastructure,
  4.     research and knowledge management,
  5.     mitigation and low-carbon development, and
  6.     capacity building and institutional strengthening.

To implement44 programs specified under the six thematic areas of BCCSAP 2009,Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF)was created in the fiscal year of 2009-10. The Trust Fund was being operated through a project titled‘‘Strengthening Institutional Capacity of Climate Change Unitunder the Ministry of Environment and Forests”. Subsequently, Climate Change Trust Act, 2010 was enacted; and as per the direction of Climate Change Trust Act, 2010, Bangladesh Climate Change Trust (BCCT) was established on 24 January 2013 with effect from 13 October 2010.

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  • To develop adaptive capacity of the vulnerable communities exposed to climate change impacts by improving their livelihoods and minimizing risks;
  • To address climate change adaptation and mitigation through technology development and transfer and financing for building capacity to reduce its impacts on people, biodiversity and environment; and
  • To respond to climate change induced post disaster emergency activities.

Strategic priority

Projects that fit into the priority actions and programmes of the BCCSAP 2009 are financed from BCCTF. The BCCSAP has 44 programmes under the following six thematic areas:

  •  Food Security, Social Protection and Health
  • Comprehensive Disaster Management
  • Infrastructure
  • Research and Knowledge Management
  • Mitigation and Low Carbon Development
  • Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening