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Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance at Bangladesh Pavilion at COP25

On Monday 9 December Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance will host two different session together with the Government of Bangladesh in their Pavilion at COP25. 

12:30-14:00 Community adaptation practice for flood resilience where the Bangladesh Minister of Environment and Forest and Climate Change will chair and Concern Worldwide, Practical Action, and Mercy Corps will share experiences from their flood resilience work in Bangladesh. 

16:30-18:00 Money where it matters: Getting climate finance to local levels for impact which will highlight findings from ZFRA programming and research in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal and share both challenges and opportunities to increase investment on climate change adaptation to reach the most vulnerable communities.

Concern Worldwide, Mercy Corps, and Practical Action are implementing a 5-year flood resilience programme with support from the Z Zurich Foundation. The three organisations are partners of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, a multi-sectoral partnership focusing on finding practical ways to help communities in developed and developing countries strengthen their resilience to flood risk.

The programme aims to reduce the negative impacts of flooding on people’s lives and livelihoods in Bangladesh by increasing opportunities for pre-flood investment, improved policy delivery and sharing best practices for flood resilience. 

12:30-14:00 Community adaptation practice for building flood resilience 

Bangladesh has been at the forefront of thinking on climate change adaptation. This session will explore practical lessons and experiences of community adaptation from Bangladesh, to build our collective understanding on how to build resilience. 

It is essential that communities that are affected by climate change are at the centre of decisions and actions to build resilience. Communities must be seen as, and empowered to be, agents of change. Significant and accelerated financing is needed to enable this on the local level. 

The panel discussion will draw out implications for policy and financing, identifying the changes needed to deliver effective climate change adaptation, and building links to key discussions taking place within the international climate change discourse. This will be followed by a Q&A session. 

16:30-18:00 Money where it matters: Getting climate finance to local levels for impact 

The Bangladeshi government is a global champion of addressing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, including strong political commitments to the Sendai Framework, the UNFCCC and the SDGs. Although the necessity and urgency of climate finance to reach the local levels has been emphasised, challenges exist for the most vulnerable communities to access such finance; the investment levels and capacities at the local level are unable to support adaptation for the most vulnerable populations.

The session will highlight findings from Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance programming and research in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal and share both challenges and opportunities to increase investment on climate change adaptation to reach the most vulnerable communities. The session will help participants learn from and implement strategies to increase climate finance at local levels.

Register for one or both sessions here. 

For more on what Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is doing at COP visit our event page or follow us on twitter @floodalliance