DISASTER MANAGEMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION:

Disaster management and climate change adaptation program was launched in 2007, right after cyclone Sidr hit at south-west coastal belt adjacent to the world’s largest mangrove the Sundarban. We have projects in prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery under disaster management and regular projects and emergency projects under climate change. Rupantar worked in early warning, assisting people to cyclone shelters followed by emergency relief and rehabilitation with financial assistance, provided livelihood, WASH, capacity building support to community and institutions.

Strategic approaches

  • Rupantar’s governance approach aims to ensure that resources are managed responsibly for the benefit of local residents, women and the poor.
  • Rupantar complements government of Bangladesh (GoB) effort in achieving the sustainable development goal (SDG).
  • Inclusive in terms of gender parity.
  • Program fits into GoB goal

David Regan – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Concern was thrilled to visit Rupantar’s Collective Responsibility, Action and Accountability for Improved Nutrition (CRAAIN)

  • Key achievements

Through disaster management and climate change adaptation program 02 municipality model was development through sustainable waste management, 23 climate resilient sanitation facility installed, 04 improved sanitation facility installed at educational institute, 07 sanitation facility at health care facility (HCF) renovated, 04 rain water harvesting system (RWHS) installed at educational institute, 07 rain water harvesting system (RWHS) installed at health care facility (HCF), 01 underground rain water harvesting system (URWHS) and 20 rain water harvesting system (RWHS) installed, 01 reverse osmosis (RO) plant installed through WE-WE model,16 capacity building events held, 02 participatory ward vulnerability assessment (PWVA) carried out, 29 hygiene awareness session organized, 03 disaster management committee meetings organized at district level, 01 joint needs assessment training were given to network members and 01 learning sharing and  coordination meeting was held. Through CLIMB project, we were successful in introducing new methods such as sack bag cultivation, tower garden, clay pitcher, drip irrigation using saline pipe to the farmers. 

Our current projects

 Enhancing Climate Resilient WASH for better Future in Shyamnagar and Kaliganj (EC WASH)

The project is implemented in Shyamnagar and Kaligang upazilas of Satkhira district, the most vulnerable, temperature fluctuations, saline intrusion, exposed and hard to reach areas of coastal region. The project was launched in April 2022 with an objective to enhance sustainable WASH access to community, health centers and educational institutions. The project contributes in developing knowledge, skill and capacity of community people to cope with adverse effects of climate change, maintain appropriate measure for water, sanitation and hygiene.

Our reach

Direct – 24,200 with 14,200 Female and 10,000 Male

Promoting Climate Resilient Water Supply and Sanitation in Southwest Bangladesh (PCR WASH)

PCR WASH project was launched in April 2022 implemented in Assasuni upazila in Satkhira district the most vulnerable, exposed and hard-to-reach areas of coastal region. The overall objective of the project is to enhance sustainable WASH access for people at community, health centers and educational institutions effected by cyclones, temperature fluctuations, saline intrusion. The project aims to develop knowledge, skill and capacity to cope with adverse effects of climate change and maintain appropriate measure for water, sanitation and hygiene.

Our reach

Direct – 2,57,000

Breaking Barriers: Empowering dreams of Menstruating Girls in Bangladesh

The project is implemented in Shyamnagar upazila under Satkhira district. The project was launched in July 2022 and will end in April 2025, with objective to empower adolescent girls and young women (10-24) on menstruation, promote menstrual health and hygiene management by creating an enabling environment. The project aims to improve hygiene practice and develop capacity building.

Our reach

Direct  – 26,807

Community Led Innovation for Climate Risk Mitigation in Bangladesh (CLIMB)

CLIMB project is implemented in Sarankhola upazila of Bagerhat district with the goal to address saline intrusion through nature-based solutions. The main objective of the project is to strengthen adaptive capacity and climate resilience of vulnerable groups. The project was launched in August, 2022.

Our reach

Direct – 728

Our stakeholders

Community people, youth, local elected bodies, government officials, political leaders, women leaders, union parishad, upazila parishad, local government administration, RO group members, school management committee, health care facilities (HCF), local government institutions (LGIs), local elites, DPHE, upazila education department, local NGOs, private sector platforms and lal teer seed/BRAC seed

Community funding for addressing climate change loss and damage

The project community funding for addressing climate change loss and damage was launched in September, 2023. The goal of the project is to provide compensation to the affected people of Sharankhola upazila vulnerable to climate change induced disasters also to assist them to adapt to the changing climate. The objective of the project is to restore the loss and damage of livelihoods, repair and rehabilitate of houses. The stakeholders of the project are local elected bodies (LEB), civil society and local government.

Activities of the projects are

  • Providing and implementing equipment for livestock and crops.
  • House repair and reconstruction.
  • Providing training on sustainable livelihoods and shelter.
  • Training of local house builders and project participants.

The project intends to reach 2,310

Development partners

  • WaterAid Bangladesh
  • CARE Bangladesh