Author: Patrick Verkooijen Ban Ki-moon

Bangladesh is a global pioneer in preparing for climate migrants

Source(s): Context

To offer people uprooted by climate impacts a better future, urban centres are seeking local adaptation solutions, including jobs


Within the next 25 years, more than 200 million people will move within their own countries because of climate change, the World Bank predicts. They will be driven out of their homes and villages because our warming planet is making some places unlivable. And they will head for larger population centres that hold the promise of jobs and a better life, but which might be struggling with climate issues of their own.


Of course, ensuring that adaptation is locally led is easier said than done - but one country is showing the way forward. Bangladesh is encouraging small-scale, locally led climate adaptation solutions and putting the funding needs of the most vulnerable first.

The strategy is producing early results as Bangladesh adopts this bottom-up approach to mid-sized towns and cities.


The goal is to make Mongla more friendly to climate migrants by providing more jobs and public services for an expanding population. Given the city is already an industrial hub, the migrants will be given access to skills training for formal employment, as well as alternative livelihood and income-generation options, particularly in nature-based solutions. At the same time, the port city aspires to be a model of disaster management planning, adaptation and resilience.


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