Communities in the delta area of Bangladesh are in grave danger of salt water inundation from huge tidal rivers that are increasingly breaking their banks. This can devastate villages, damage the simple houses and leave the locals struggling to grow crops in salinated soil. The Bangladesh Association of Sustainable Development (BASD), Gaia Education and CIFAL Scotland have responded to this dire situation with a 3-year consortium project. The project aims to improve sustainable food security and livelihoods of the vulnerable communities of Khulna and Bagerhat, Southern Bangladesh, through capacity building programmes, effective climate change adaptation strategies and interventions. The project was approved for funding by the Scottish Government in May 2013. –
The official project launch was on 20 July 2013 in Khulna Municipal Offices chaired by Keka Adhikery, President of BASD and attended by over 100 people representing target communities, government departments, local officials and other stakeholders. The Chief Guest Md. Mezbah Uddin, Honorable Deputy Commissioner of Khulna and all guests were welcomed with flowers and in keeping with local diverse cultures there was a recital from the Holy Quran by local Imam, a reading from the Holy Gita, and a Christian prayer.
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