Capacity Building for Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation

Capacity Building for Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation: Supporting to Develop Nature-Based Solutions (Nbs) Portal for Bangladesh

Project Duration: February 2020 – November 2020
Partners: Nature-based Solutions Initiative, University of Oxford, UK

Project Information

This project is contributing to the on-going efforts of the ‘NbS Initiative’ of the University of Oxford to mainstream NbS as a crucial resilience building option through networking, evidence-base creation, capturing NbS knowledge, experiences and processes, and disseminating the same through appropriate national and international platforms, channels, and processes. Establishing and operationalize a ‘NbS Bangladesh Portal’ is a major activity that the project is trying to achieve. The project is also working on creating and harnessing opportunities to integrate NbS in the development planning of the country.

At NbS Bangladesh, we are collating scientific evidence and evidence from practice on the effectiveness of existing nature-based solutions projects from across Bangladesh, and we are identifying areas that could benefit from the implementation of NbS in future. Our current focus is building an evidence base for the role of nature-based solutions for economic development in Bangladesh.

The project is being funded by the University of Oxford, and the part of supporting the development of NbS Bangladesh Portal is being carried out by ICCCAD. The project timeline is February 2020 to November 2020.

  • To create and harness opportunities to integrate NbS within the 8th five-year plan of the Government of Bangladesh.
  • To document and disseminate Bangladesh’s NbS activities, experiences and processes


Past Events on NbS Project

Learning Hub Event (LHE) on Nature-based Solutions for Development Planning in Bangladesh
Date: 15 March 2020 | Venue: GED, Planning Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The 34th Monthly Learning Hub Event (LHE) was on the role of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for development planning in Bangladesh. It was organized under the MoU between the General Economic Division (GED), Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), and supported by the University of Oxford. The purpose of the workshop was to explore NbS as a way to effectively enable sustainable development by bringing together the diverse range of government officials from the Planning Commission and the relevant line ministries. There are opportunities to consider the NbS in the forthcoming development planning process, including the 8th Five-Year Plan (2020−2025) and other development plans and strategies. The discussion during the meeting suggested to look beyond policy planning and focus more into the implementation of the policy.

Key recommendations from the session were:

  • NbS should be incorporated in Bangladesh’s upcoming five-year economic plan
  • Further details on use of NbS for climate change mitigation and adaptation should be added to Bangladesh’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the Paris Agreement
  • NbS should be included in the Development Project Proforma, so that nature-based methods are always considered for development projects
  • A NbS database should be created, to encourage a deeper understanding of NbS and aid identification of best practice
  • Supply chains in the food sector should be examined, to incorporate NbS and reduce damage to biodiversity from agriculture
  • Local communities should be at the centre of NbS planning and implementation


Download the event report here

Workshop on Nature-based Solutions (NbS)

Date: 14-15 October 2019 | Venue: Lakeshore Hotel Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and the University of Oxford jointly organized the two-day Workshop on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) on 14-15 October 2019 at Lakeshore Hotel, Gulshan 2, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The overall goal of this workshop was to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders to enhance understanding of the current and future role of NbS in Bangladesh and to develop a roadmap for increasing their implementation in the region.

Download the event report here

For further queries, please contact:

Tasfia Tasnim, Programme Coordinator, Nature-based Solutions, ICCCAD