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Bangladesh: Climate Change

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has offered to Bangladesh to (a) promote the development of greener technologies, (b) counter the impact of climate change and (c) prevent flooding. (199156)

We are helping the Government of Bangladesh to develop its national climate change strategy and action plan and we provide support to the comprehensive disaster management programme, which includes disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation. On flood adaptation, we support a 50 million programme which assists poor people to cope with severe floods by raising homesteads. In response to the direct needs from last year's floods and cyclone, we have provided £15 million as disaster relief and early recovery activities to Bangladesh.

We have recently committed £30 million to climate change adaptation. The programme will protect around £10 million poor and vulnerable people against climate change related disasters such as flood, drought, tidal surges and cyclones. The climate change programme will facilitate access for Bangladesh to major global funds, such as the environmental transformation fund and the multi-billion-dollar global environmental facility. These funds support low-carbon development initiatives through adaptation of greener technologies.