ICLEI South Asia organised an in-person training programme for city corporations and municipalities in Bangladesh on “Planning of Climate Resilient Strategy” on the 14th and 15th of November 2021, under the Climate and Development Knowledge Network- Knowledge Accelerator (CDKN-KA) project.
The training was attended by representatives of the city corporations of Narayanganj, Rajshahi, and Gazipur and the municipalities of Singra, Kushtia, and Mongla. This was the first in-person training to be organised by ICLEI South Asia following the imposition of COVID-19 restrictions in Bangladesh last year. The CDKN-KA project is supported by the International Development Research Centre and the Royal Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Based on the training manual titled “Planning for Climate Resilience in Bangladesh: A Training Manual for Local Governments”, developed under the CDKN project, the training aimed to enhance the climate resilience knowledge of the city officials and to improve their capacity to develop climate action plans.
At the end of the training, in which the participants learned about the greenhouse gas inventory computation process, climate change vulnerability assessment, and how to implement them at the city level, the city officials said they were more confident of planning and implementing climate-resilience projects in their respective cities. They also gained knowledge about climate financing, stakeholder consultation and on developing gender-inclusive cities. The city officials shared their experience of working on climate action and linked their activities to the various phases of climate action planning as explained through the training. The training sessions were a combination of group exercises, interactive and question-and-answer sessions, and polls.