CGC Activities on Climate Change Issues

Ahsan Uddin Ahmed
Centre for Global Change (CGC)

Centre for Global Change (CGC) A non-government organization for research, advocacy and learning.

Activities on Climate Change 5. ORCHID Climate Risk Screening – DFID Bangladesh 6. Assessing implications of climate change on development projects – Dutch Portfolio Projects in Bangladesh (DGIS, The Netherlands) 7. Meteorological Trend Analysis 8. Climate Change Modelling 9. Gender Perspectives on Climate Change Vulnerability 10. Climate Change and Food Security

CGC Activities
ORCHID – Climate Risk Screening of DFID Funded Projects
To develop a methodology towards screening development projects in relation to risks associated with climate change. The Methodology is now being tested by DFID in a number of countries.

Assessing implications of climate change on development projects
A rapid assessment tool has been developed and applied to valuate risks associated with Dutch funded development projects.

CGC Activities
Meteorological Trend Analysis
Trends in relation to observed weather patterns involving meteorological data (BMD data sets) have been analyzed systematically. First Step: Cleaning of recorded data by applying scientific methods. CLIMDEX model have been used for the study. A cleaned data set is now available. Part of a South Asian regional study. An article has been submitted in Journal of Geophysical Sciences.

CGC Activities
Modelling Climate Change
Two Regional Climate Models have been operationalized and validated in relation to observed climatology over Bangladesh. 4. RegCM (ICTP, Italy) V. 3.x 5. PRECIS (UKMO) V. 3 RegCM is almost ready to be applied for the generation of future climate scenarios at a resolution of 30Km X 30 Km. The results of validation efforts with PRECIS has already been accepted for publication in International Journal of Climatology.

CGC Activities
Gender Perspectives on Climate Change Vulnerability
Just completed a research on women’s contexts of vulnerability in relation to climate change. Covered all the major hydro-geophysical vulnerability contexts.

Flood & River erosion Kurigram/Sirajganj

Flash flood Garohills Valley/Shunamganj (also Minority people: Garo)

Drought Naoga (Manda)

Urban Flood Dhaka Metropol Riverine Flood & erosion

Water logging Keshabpur/Manirampur Salinity Satkhira Cyclone/tidal surge/flood Cox’sBazar/M’khali (Also Coastal Island)

Faridpur

Water logging Noakhali (Sadar)

CGC Activities
Climate Change and Food Security
Studying implications of climate change on food security. As a part of GECAFS study involving four countries in South Asia.

Publication and dissemination of IEC material
Published a booklet in Bangla for school children. School orientation programme being planned. A 5 minute multimedia programme has been developed to raise awareness on climate change issues.

Challenges for Mainstreaming Adaptation

CHALLENGES FOR MAINSTREAMING ADAPTATION Defining and responding to the needs of the vulnerable Who decides what is needed? Empowering the vulnerable.

GLOBAL
NATIONAL

Scale at which adaptation is needed Micro-, meso-, sub-regional-, and macro-level adaptation

SUB-REGIONAL MESO
LOCAL

Challenges for Mainstreaming Adaptation Policy Makers, Ministry, Planning Agencies National Actors

Line Agencies Facilitating Orgs/Inst.

Regional and Subregional scale actors

LGI

CBO Community

Civil Society

Local Level Stakeholders

Private & informal sector org.

NGO GO line agencies at local level

Modified from Uddin et al., 2006

Challenges for Mainstreaming Adaptation

CHALLENGES FOR MAINSTREAMING ADAPTATION (contd.) Whose business is it? Individuals? Households? Communities? WMAs? LGAs? BWDB? WARPO? MOWR? Responding to the needs for capacity building From awareness raising (KAB) to continued education. Capacity building of whom? Facilitating Planned Adaptation Vertical integration & horizontal conflict resolution.
CBO Community LGI

Civil Society

Private & informal sector org.

NGO GO line agencies at local level

Challenges for Mainstreaming Adaptation

CHALLENGES FOR MAINSTREAMING ADAPTATION (contd.) Policy harmonization and adjustment Hierarchy, policy barriers Other Institutional issues Inter-agency collaboration, coordination & integration Safeguarding development schemes in water resources sector Towards a climate resilient development