The Problem

Frontline communities lack sufficient information to make informed decisions on how best to prepare for the effects of climate change.

Residents of Bangladesh don’t know if the most recent extreme weather event is a temporary condition or portends a more permanent change, and face impossible decisions about whether to stay or move. Likewise, governments and civil society organizations are at a loss as to how best to help residents adapt to climate change in place or to prepare them to relocate.

Bangladesh has invested a significant portion of its GDP in reaction to lost homes, livelihoods and other opportunities resulting from climate extremes. While this investment has helped, such losses could be minimized through a more proactive approach that equips decision-makers with the knowledge and services they need to prepare for the effects of climate change.