The Agreement concerning implementation of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) project titled ÔÇ£Enhanced Community Resilience to Floods in BangladeshÔÇØ has been signed between Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and IFRC. The project is funded by Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The project is going to be implemented with the main objective to scale up BDRCS capacity towards community resilience in reducing disaster and climate change risks and increasing capacity focusing on diversification of livelihoods, ensure safe water and sanitation, small scale mitigation by engrossing the communityÔÇÖs interest and association. Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) is the only implementation body of this project.
During the initial stage of developing the proposal in 2012, reconnaissance visit was made in total five (5) districts namely e Gaibanda, Laxmipur, Lalmonirhat, Pabna, and Sirajganj considering their proneness to different hazard. Based on the vulnerability and other issues two communities per district were primarily selected as target community for the project. However, as per the latest version of the proposal approved during May, 2015, intervention of the project will be done in 4 communities of two flood prone districts - Pabna and Sirajganj.
As there has been significant change made during the last three years for the GO/NGOs development intervention as well as the effect of climate change and climate induced hazard in the target districts, the project team felt the need for finalizing the selection of the project communities.
Taking into account, the management decided to reassess and identify the most vulnerable communities in flood prone areas. In this regard, a team comprises with Afsar Uddin Siddiqui, DD, CBDRR, and Mohammad Kamrul Hasan, Sr. PMER Officer, DRM Department of BDRCS and Md. Tauhidul Islam, DM Officer, IFRC visited the Pabna and Sirajganj district from 30 June to 07 July 2015 to have an insight of the communities and rank them in terms of vulnerability profile and possible scopes of implementing community based disaster risk reduction project.