Climate Resilient Urban Development in Bangladesh: Policy Gaps and Recommendations

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This policy paper analyzes and briefly overviews Bangladesh’s overall urban development and adaptability to climate change. With an emphasis on the state of urbanization in Bangladesh, essential components of urban development, the effects of climate change, the political landscape, and action plans at the national and sectoral levels, it has been divided into six key chapters. In addition, case studies that emphasize the situational analysis of the urban poor and slums in urban regions have been explored.

Given the vulnerability profile of Bangladesh, the government has implemented climate policies to address risks and enhance resilience. The efforts fail to consider local government needs or accurately represent the realities on the ground. Recommendations have been made regarding the research and data gap, and funding distribution, which cover big-wheel issues such as budget allocation, inter-ministerial collaboration, and community participation to manage urban resilience and boost Bangladesh’s response to climate change.