Community-led Initiatives for Climate Justice in Bangladesh
In December 2017, CJRF provided a $721,750 grant to COAST for its project “Community-led Initiatives for Climate Justice and Resilience in the Islands and Coastal Areas of the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh.” With CJRF funds, COAST will work with some of the most climate-vulnerable people in Bangladesh, who live on remote islands and the char lands. Many face displacement by floods and rising seas. The three-year project will build a coastal advocacy network, increase access to information through a girls’ radio program, provide education for girls who have left school, and provide technical support and capital inputs related to water, sanitation, agriculture, and climate-adaptive livelihoods. The CJRF grant enables COAST to address the links between climate events, education, domestic violence, and child marriage.
Developing a Project for Community-driven Planned Relocation
In December 2017, CJRF provided a $50,000 planning grant to YPSA to support a project called “Developing a Project for Community-driven Planned Relocation of Highly Vulnerable Climate Displaced Households in South-Eastern Coast of Bangladesh.” YPSA will use the CJRF grant to develop a detailed plan for proposed future work on helping climate-displaced people relocate their homes to safety. The grant will, in particular, enable YPSA to involve both displaced households and members of the “receiving communities” in the relocation planning process. It also will enable them to develop a detailed advocacy and outreach strategy aimed at raising public and government awareness of climate displacement issues. YPSA will conduct the work in partnership with Displacement Solutions.
G4CR: Governance for Climate Resilience
In September 2017, CJRF provided a $74,950 grant to the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) for its project “Governance for Climate Resilience (G4CR).” Using CJRF funding, ICCCAD will support communities in remote coastal Bangladesh in claiming their rights and entitlements, and raising their voices on local government policies and processes that affect climate resilience. ICCCAD will work with the Center for Climate Justice – Bangladesh and the Center for Natural Resource Studies to deliver research, livelihoods, and training activities in six villages. Intended outcomes include leadership development by local women and youth, and incorporation of resilience indicators into local policies and plans that affect water, food security, and livelihoods.
Unlocking Adaptation Finance at the Green Climate Fund
In July 2017, CJRF provided a $75,000 grant to the World Resources Institute (WRI) for its project “Unlocking Adaptation Finance at the GCF.” WRI will work through a consultative process to develop guidelines for adaptation projects that seek funding under the Green Climate Fund (GCF). WRI guidelines will aid national authorities and ‘accredited entities’ in understanding how to best design, position, and make the case for adaptation proposals to the GCF. CJRF intends for the WRI guidelines to begin correcting the imbalance between adaptation and mitigation projects supported by the fund, as well as enable community-based, small-scale activities to be funded. Additionally, WRI will use CJRF funds to support indigenous peoples’ (IP) organizations as they develop a global program for IP communities at the GCF.
Panii Jibon: Water is Life
In September 2017, CJRF provided a $1 million grant to HELVETAS for Phase II of the Panii Jibon (“Water is Life”) project. HELVETAS will use the CJRF grant to build resilience of climate change affected communities, especially women and youth, in the disaster-prone districts of Bagerhat and Khulna in Southwest Bangladesh. Key areas of work would include: support for advocacy around access to water services; technical adaptation of farming and water management systems; training around safe migration and productive remittance investments; and research, training, and advocacy to support local demands for transparent and accountable governance. HELVETAS will work with local on-the-ground organisations using a rights-based approach, in partnership with Development Organization for Rural Poor, Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, and Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program.
Enhancing Climate Justice and Resilience Narratives
In September 2017, CJRF provided a $1 million grant to Internews’ Earth Journalism Network for its project on “Enhancing Climate Justice and Resilience Narratives Around the Bay of Bengal.” Using CJRF funds, EJN and its partner Third Pole aim to build local journalists’ capacity for coverage of climate justice and resilience issues in the Bay of Bengal. Project goals include: to increase access to socio-environmental information; increase inclusion of women and marginalized groups in environmental media coverage; and build peer-to-peer knowledge sharing in the sector. These goals will be achieved through: research on how information flows in the region; workshops, mentoring, fellowships, and story grants for individual journalists; innovation grants for news organizations, NGOs, universities, and other media institutions; partnerships with university communications and journalism departments; and strengthening the online networks of EJN and Third Pole. CJRF funds will directly increase access to information and local storytelling around climate adaptation solutions and issues in the Bay of Bengal.
Watershed: The Values and Value of Water
In March 2017, CJRF provided a $50,000 USD grant to Circle for Blue to support for the conference, Watershed: The Values and Value of Water. The three-day event, held at the Vatican, celebrated World Water Day by creating a new conversation around how to unite ethical, moral, economic, and scientific principles in responding to the world’s urgent water challenges. The conference immediately followed a papal audience and proclamation by Pope Francis, and was live-streamed to drive a global social media conversation around the #MyWaterStory hashtag. Circle of Blue also facilitated a work session on March 23 during which experts, educators, and design thinkers gathered to map a 5-year strategy around the value and values of water. The resulting outputs — multimedia, workshop findings, and new cross-organizational engagements — add new insights and direction to initiatives including the World Water Forum, World Water Congress, and the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Environment.
Rights, resilience and community-led relocation
In April 2017, CJRF provided a two-year $752,450 USD grant to the Alaska Institute for Justice (AIJ) for its climate justice project: Rights, Resilience and Community-led Relocation. AIJ will work with 15 coastal Alaska Native villages to design and implement a community-led approach to decision-making about community relocation in the face of climate change. AIJ seeks to ensure that communities’ human rights are protected before, during and after relocation occurs. As part of this work, AIJ will work with community elders and youth to develop a social and ecological monitoring and assessment tool, and will host activates that bring coastal Alaska Native villagers together to facilitate relocation knowledge sharing and collaboration. The grant also enables AIJ to engage tribal, state, and federal government agencies in exploring how communities can be supported in their adaptation and relocation efforts.