Climate-Resilient Low Emission Development in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is widely considered to be one of the nations most threatened by climate change, primarily due to projected sea level rise. It also faces climbing energy demands due to rapid growth in its cities. This factsheet lays out what USAID is doing through its Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program to help this South Asian country grow sustainably while reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The collaboration focuses on helping Bangladesh to do the following:
- Develop a national GHG inventory system. This will enable it to use GHG emissions data to create long-term plans to reduce its emissions.
- Build capacity for economic and emissions modeling and analysis.
- Promote clean energy, particularly wind power. Bangladesh has identified wind power as one of the most promising ways to meet its renewable energy goals.
- Advance climate-smart agricultural practices, including improved fertilizer and water use
- Improve the management of Bangladesh’s forests, wetlands, and biodiversity.
Making science-informed decisions to improve the management of its landscapes is critical. It is threatened by flooding caused by rising sea levels and, at the time, faces competing pressures between the need to boost food production and conserve its forests. In addition to helping it collect and archive GHG inventory data, USAID is helping Bangladesh create a national forest inventory and boost agricultural production through climate-smart techniques.