Combating the effects of climate change in particularly badly affected areas of the Ganges- Brahmaputra Basin in South Asia

Combating the effects of climate change in particularly badly affected areas of the Ganges- Brahmaputra Basin in South Asia

Background

Climate change has the potential to intensify the hydrological cycle, leading to more intense precipitation or severe drought. Climate variability and changes a few years to a few decades ahead have significant social, economic, and environmental implications the consequences of climate change for health, housing, livelihood and security will disproportionately impact individuals from marginalized communities living in already-fragile ecosystems or with poverty. Women, elderly individuals, those with disabilities from marginalized   communities are the ones who fall under the most vulnerable groups in Nepal either residing in hills or Terai.

Samata Foundation has partnered with MJSKS and DASCOH in Bangladesh and DRCSC in India for a three years long transnational project: Combating the effects of climate change in particularly badly affected areas of the Ganges- Brahmaputra Basin in South Asia

Project Location

Affected districts in Province 2 and Province5

Project Duration

2021 – 2024

Objective

  1. The overall objective of the project is to increase economic and social resilience and improve livelihood of 17,200 people affected by the consequences of climate change in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Basin and to strengthen the CSOs in the region to protect and promote the rights of marginalized groups affected by climate change.

Funding Partner

NETZ Partnership for Development & Justice, Germany.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Civil society actors from local to national level have improved their capacity to hold government institutions from local to national level accountable in a conflict-sensitive democratic dialogue for the delivery of services relevant to tackling the impacts of climate change
  2. The partner organisations and grassroots CSOs have improved their advocacy and networking skills from local to transnational level; an advocacy network on climate change impacts is institutionalised and operational
  3. The experiences and perspectives of affected communities at grassroots level on climate change and climate justice have been researched, documented and shared with relevant policy makers and the public at local, national and transnational level

Major Activities

  1. Capacity building of CSOs, Dalit Human Right Defenders and CBOs on climate change with a focus on ESC rights and advocacy
  2. Dialogues between CSOs and public authorities from local to provincial level
  3. Establishing network structures and integration into existing networks
  4. Improving the evidence base on the effects of climate change in the working area through research