Supporting Bangladesh to advance their NAP process

Project Overview

Feb 2014
Government delegation from Bangladesh attends the NAP-GSP Asia Regional Training Workshop, Thailand
Jan 2015
The roadmap for the development and implementation of a NAP is approved
Sep 2015
Bangladesh submits its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the Paris Agreement, which includes their intention to formulate a NAP
Sep 2016
Bangladesh ratifies the Paris Agreement
Sep 2016
Bangladesh begins developing a NAP Readiness proposal to be submitted to the GCF
Mar 2017
A National Stakeholder Dialogue on the stocktaking for Bangladesh’s NAP process takes place with around 80 representatives from government, NGOs and civil society

Country background, Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement

Located in the Bay of Bengal and in the floodplains of several major rivers flowing from the Himalayas, Bangladesh is often considered as one of the country’s most vulnerable to climate change. Floods, tropical cyclones, storm surges and droughts are likely to become more severe and more frequent, having detrimental impacts on crop yields.
Despite these risks, the poverty ratio has fallen from 49 percent in 2000 to 23.2 percent in 2016. This rising affluence has been driven by growth in transport and construction services, industry, and agriculture, accounting for 53 percent, 32 percent and 15 percent of GDP, respectively. 
Currently Bangladesh has a substantial policy framework in place, designed to enhance food security and to protect the development gains made in recent decades. The upcoming 8th Five Year Plan (2021 – 2026), the Perspective Plan to 2040 and the 14 priority adaptation activities Bangladesh highlighted in their INDC, which later became their First NDC when they ratified the Paris Agreement in September 2016, provide an opportunity for the NAP process to integrate climate change adaptation planning into national budgeting and planning process. The successful planning of appropriate adaptation policies and effective implementation will safeguard development gains and help achieve the SDGs.

How has the NAP-GSP supported to date?


Undertaken a stocktaking of Bangladesh’s NAP process 



A stocktaking of Bangladesh's adaptation planning was carried out to identify achievements, gaps and a way forward. This included a National Stakeholder Dialogue where around 80 representatives from government, NGOs, academia and civil society attended.


Helped build capacity and  facilitated access to additional climate finance



This additional technical capacity allowed Bangladesh to submit a Readiness and Preparatory Support Proposal to the Green Climate Fund, which was approved in March 2018. The approved project - the Formulation and Advancement of the National Adaptation Plan in Bangladesh - will primarily focus on fostering long-term adaptation investment and enhancing national capacities for integration of adaptation into planning, budgeting and financial tracking processes.
















> Strengthening the first line of defence

03 September 2018 - A UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Exposure provides colourful insights into effort to expand the greenbelt of mangroves along the coastline of Bangladesh, to protect it from sea level rise, storm surges, and other extreme weather effects.

> Bracing for climate change in Bangladesh

18 July, 2018, Bangladesh - A UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Exposure captures the attempts made by institutions and communities to safegaurd the significatn development gains, made over the last 50 years, against the increasing impacts of climate change in Bangladesh.


> Interview with Government of Bangladesh on the countries NAP process

20 February 2014, Thailand - An interview with Mr. Ahsanul Aziz, Ministry of Environment and Forests Government of Bangladesh, by the UNDP/UNEP NAP-GSP about the climate change NAP process in Bangladesh, filmed at the NAP-GSP Asia Regional Training Workshop, Thailand, 17 - 20 February 2014.

Reports and Publications

Project Brief / Fact Sheet

National Adaptation Plans in focus: Lessons from Bangladesh