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Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh is a women-centred initiative that helps communities in Bangladesh adapt to climate change by addressing extreme weather conditions such as cyclones and flooding, as well as the consequence of increased salinity conditions in agriculture in Bangladesh.

The initiative, which is implemented by ActionAid Bangladesh, brings together groups of women who lead vulnerability assessments of climate risks and then identify action plans. These plans are later implemented by the same groups of women brought together by the initiative. The initiative has installed improved cooking-stoves in 110 households, reducing carbon emissions by 40 per cent compared to traditional stoves. It has also built 10 dams to preserve fresh water and prevent salinity as well as created a roadside plantation of multipurpose fruit trees, which generates additional income for households. The initiative also facilitates dialogue between communities and the local government to ensure that the good practices piloted by the women-led groups are scaled up.