Community-driven Planned Relocation of Highly Vulnerable Climate Displaced Households

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Project Title: Developing a project for Community-driven Planned Relocation of Highly Vulnerable Climate Displaced Households in South-Eastern Coast of Bangladesh.

Name of Donor: Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF)/New Venture Fund (NVF)


Few countries are as threatened by climate change than Bangladesh. Climate change is already affecting growing number of Bangladesh’s 170m people with climate displacement through both sudden environmental events and gradual environmental change. Communities are already being forced to leave their homes, lands and livelihoods because of the direct effects of climate change. Every year, tens of thousands of people across the country are already losing their homes to rising sea levels, violent tropical cyclones, devastating floods and other impact of climate change. Of Bangladesh’s 64 districts, 26 coastal and mainland districts are already producing climate displacement. Therefore, Bangladesh will have to face the challenge of mass displacement, both externally and internally, due to climate change as the country is not yet adequately prepared in providing permanent rights-based solutions through relocation of such a large number of climate displaced people.

Despite the scale and prominence of climate change issues in the country, as of 2017, there were still no national comprehensive program designed to specifically assist climate displaced people to find new homes and new lands to replace their lost homes and lands as a result of climate displacement. We believe that rights-based solutions to this problem provide the best way to grapple with this growing and serious problem.

Since 2011, YPSA and Displacement Solutions (DS) have been jointly implementing the “Bangladesh Housing, Land and Property Rights Initiative” to raise the profile of the climate displacement issue in the country. Through the Initiative, YPSA and DS have developed an in-depth understanding of climate displacement through consultations with climate displaced persons and through extensive travel across the country, including fact-finding and research visits to virtually all of the climate-affected districts throughout the country. In 2016, the Initiative carried out a pilot project under the name ‘One House, One Family at a time’ which is designed to draw attention to the emerging homelessness and landlessness crisis facing Bangladesh because of climate change, and the policy and legal measures required to address it. The first phase of the project procured a land plot and constructed four new homes for particularly vulnerable climate displaced families from Sandwip Island. The homes are now occupied by four families, each of which has thus procured a rights’ based solution to their climate displacement.

The project is focusing on to develop a Community-driven Planned Relocation of Highly Vulnerable Climate Displaced Households in South-Eastern Coast of Bangladesh, which includes a rigorous consultation process with communities and other relevant stakeholders.

Overall Objective

To ensure community-driven planned relocation of climate-induced displaced families of the southeastern coastal area of Bangladesh.

Specific Objective

To develop a concrete Project Plan for growing YPSA’s “One House, One Family at a Time” climate relocation project, including:

  1. Community engagement strategy
  2. Risk management framework
  3. Communications, outreach and advocacy strategy
  4. Implementation plan
  5. Fundraising plan

Project Location

The project will cover four (4) Coastal Upazilas (sub-districts) namely Banskhali (as point of origin and destination) of Chittagong district and Kutubdia (as point of origin) and Pekua (as point of origin and destination) and Chakaria (as point of destination) upazila of Cox’s Bazaar district.

Final Targeted Beneficiary

40 climate-induced displaced families (approximately 220 people) from three climate change affected areas of Southeastern coast of Bangladesh will directly benefit from the project.

Duration of the project: January 2018 to December 2018 (Extension 1st January to 31st July 2019)

Expected Result

In the development phase of the project for “Community-driven Planned Relocation of Highly Vulnerable Climate Displaced Households in South-Eastern Coast of Bangladesh” the following results are expected to be achieved;

  • Developed Community Engagement Strategy
  • Developed Risk Management Framework
  • Developed Communications, Outreach, Advocacy Strategy
  • Developed Implementation Plan
  • Developed Fundraising Plan

Major Activities:

Activity 1: Development of Community Engagement Strategy

Sub-Activity 1.1: Survey among the displaced communities (both men and women) to know their needs, expectations, role to relocation process etc.

Sub-Activity 1.2: Sharing the findings with stakeholders

Sub-Activity 1.3: Sharing draft strategy with the CJRF, DS, community members, and the YPSA team for peer feedback

Sub-Activity 1.4: Finalize the Community Engagement Strategy incorporating feedback

Activity 2: Development of Risk Management Framework

Sub-Activity 2.1: Workshop with stakeholders for identifying risks and its management

Sub-Activity 2.2: Sharing the draft Risk Management Framework with CJRF, DS and YPSA other team members

Sub-Activity 2.3: Finalize Risk Management Framework considering the feedback

Activity 3: Development of Communications, Outreach, Advocacy Strategy

Sub-Activity 3.1: Stakeholders mapping

Sub-Activity 3.2: Consultation meeting with the stakeholders for better communications, Outreach coverage and identify Advocacy issues

Sub-Activity 3.3: Sharing draft strategy on Communications, Outreach, Advocacy with the CJRF, DS and the YPSA team for peer feedback

Sub-Activity 3.4: Finalize the Communications, Outreach, Advocacy Strategy incorporating feedback

Activity 4: Preparing a Implementation Plan

Sub-Activity 4.1: Conduct implementation planning workshop with stakeholders

Sub-Activity 4.2 Prepare a draft budget for the relocation project as part of plan

Sub-Activity 4.3: Share the draft implementation plan on expansion of “One House, One Family at a Time climate relocation project” for input from YPSA other teams

Sub-Activity 4.4: Share the draft implementation plan and consulting with CJRF and DS

Sub-Activity 4.5: Finalize implementation plan incorporating suggestions

Activity 5: Developing a Fundraising Plan

Sub-Activity 5.1: Draft the relocation proposal incorporating the different strategies; implementation modalities

Sub-Activity 5.2: Sharing the proposal including budget with CJRF for feedback

Sub-Activity 5.3: Finalize the proposal with budget

Sub-Activity 5.4: Complete funder research to identify prospective fundraising opportunities with the help of CJRF

Sub-Activity 5.5: Sharing the proposal with CJRF and other potential donors

Sub-Activity 5.6: Continue communication with donors