Gibika (Livelihoods) - Increasing resilience in Bangladesh



With regard to natural catastrophes and the impact of climate change, Bangladesh is one of the countries most at risk in the world. Together with the United Nations University in Bonn (UNU-EHS), we support the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). In addition to research on resilience of the people in Bangladesh, the aim is to safeguard several communities in risk zones against flood disasters. Experiences from Mozambique will help us implement the warning systems.
 

Gibika photofilm: The day my soul ran away

Gibika photofilm: The day my soul ran away

A year after the historic Paris climate agreement, country representatives are back at the negotiating table to work out how to implement it. But the talks in Marrakesh will seem a world away for those who are already seeing the effects of climate change first-hand. >more

Tropical storm Roanu rages through Bangladesh

Tropical storm Roanu rages through Bangladesh

Bangladesh was hit once again by a tropical storm on 21 May 2016. Cyclone Roanu made landfall in the evening, not far from the seaport of Chittagong on the southeast coast. The good news is that the emergency systems are beginning to take effect. >more

A warning system for Dalbanga

A warning system for Dalbanga

The Gibika project that was planned to improve living conditions in Bangladesh is now being implemented. The latest work results clearly show that numerous adaptation measures are required to prepare the country for environmental changes in the long term. In the short term, the foremost concern is to save people's lives. >more

Third Gibika policy workshop on livelihood resilience

Third Gibika policy workshop on livelihood resilience

The third Gibika policy workshop took place at the UNU campus in Bonn in June 2015. It brought together researchers, practitioners and politicians from Germany and Bangladesh to share recent findings and experience with the concept of livelihood resilience and research to action. >more

Gibika and the Climate Change Summit

Gibika and the Climate Change Summit

The key word "livelihood" had still not come up in the negotiating text three days before the end of the climate summit. And that although the potential for impoverished people to improve their way of life often depends on enhancing the resources they can draw from to secure their livelihood. >more

Field trip report: Understanding livelihood risks in diverse regions

Field trip report: Understanding livelihood risks in diverse regions

The fieldwork phase of our Gibika project in Bangladesh took place from May to June 2014. The research team stayed three full days at each of the seven previously selected study sites: Gabdola, Mazer Char, Singpur, Babupur, Zamalpur, Dalbanga South and Bhola Slum in the capital Dhaka. >more

Image gallery: Natural hazards in Bangladesh

Image gallery: Natural hazards in Bangladesh

Many communities in Bangladesh are forced to undergo continuous transition due to climate change. Some of them succeed quite well in adapting, others are less successful. Together with our project partners on site, we want to find out how the chances for the people living there can be improved. >more

Safeguarding livelihoods and protecting life

Safeguarding livelihoods and protecting life

Resilience describes the ability of people or communities to cope with shocks such as natural disasters or system changes. The objective is to minimise damages. Ideally, having overcome the situation, individuals and communities emerge with renewed strength. >more

Project sites have been selected

Project sites have been selected

Our research project in Bangladesh is making good progress. Our partners from UNU-EHS and ICCCAD identified 6 communities, which we will accompany for the next five years. We aim to identify risks the local people are exposed to, understand adaptation progresses that are already in place and to offer solutions for increased resilience. >more

Flood protection in Bangladesh – The launch of a new foundation project

Flood protection in Bangladesh – The launch of a new foundation project

The devlopment in Bangladesh regularly experiences setbacks from weather disasters. Scientists are predicting an increase in risks, one reason more for the Munich Re Foundation to invest in a new flood-warning project for communities at risk. >more

Disaster prevention

> Overview

 

Contact

> Christian Barthelt

> Thomas Loster

 

Links to partner organisations

> ICCCAD

> UNU-EHS