Two cities of Bangladesh have received ACCCRN small grants fund (SGF) recently at the end of January 2017. The cities are likely the Mongla Port Municipality and Kushtia Municipality. The grants are provided by the Rockefeller Foundation and facilitated by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia.
In Mongla, the project is on “Improvement of Urban Drainage System to Manage Flood Risk by Incorporating Climate Adaptation Measures”. The project includes both stakeholders’ awareness building program and construction of drain. By this project, the residents will be directly benefitted through their increased mobility and transportation during flood, and reducing vulnerability to both vector and waterborne diseases. The residents will also be benefitted for having contamination free surface water. Mongla Port Municipality will be benefitted itself through their well managed drainage system. It will reduce the yearly drainage maintenance and improvement cost. Finally, the city health department will be benefitted as for reduced loads of patients and medical services.
In Kushtia, the project is on “Construction of RCC Drain & Supporting Road to Save and Improve the Life Standard of the People at Gorai Ashroyan Phase-2”. This project aims with the improvement of living condition of about 4000 slum people of Gorai Ashroyan Phase-2 area. The project consists of three major parts like for construction of roads and drains, workshop with the stakeholders on climate change issues, and awareness raising activities regarding the impact of the project to climate change and how will be going to effect. The Municipality is expecting after implementation of this project, people can move smoothly and in a sound manner. It will also ensure convenience in moving and transporting goods to and from their home during flood period.
These two projects are nine months period and starting from the first week of February 2017.