Bangladesh: The ill wind that blew Bainpara towards a more climate resilient future

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The recent project of the Bangladesh government's comprehensive disaster management programme II (CDMP II) has helped the residents of Bainpara, in the district of Khulna on Bangladesh's south-west coast, to be relocated to a "climate resilient" settlement half a mile away. This village was touched by the 120km/h winds of cyclone Aila, reports The Guardian.

"Instead of rebuilding their old homes and exposing them to the same old risks, we are creating a village which can survive cyclones and floods while providing sustainable livelihood options," said Mohammad Abdul Qayyum, national project director of CDMP.

"Bangladesh is leading the developing nations in the global fight against climate change," said Mitchell. "This is a great example of building back better – a climate change adaptation programme with clear development benefits."

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