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UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum resources

The UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum virtual series is creating an opportunity to advance the climate agenda in the journey towards COP26 and beyond by bringing together experts and leaders from Bangladesh and the UK.

It is helping to identify innovative ideas, partnerships and initiatives between Bangladesh and the UK, and further strengthen collaboration between the two countries by catalysing climate action and building a community of practice.

Each event is structured around one of four key COP26 themes: adaptation and resilience, nature, clean energy and finance, and will feature a select panel of experts from Bangladesh and the UK, providing an opportunity to share knowledge and experience on tackling climate change.

Theme 1 – Adaptation and resilience

As one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change, Bangladesh has experienced first-hand the devastating impact it can have on people, the environment and the economy. The country has become a global leader on adapting to a changing climate and since 2016 has invested more than $6 billion dollars into adaptation activities. The UK’s climate is also changing. Its ten warmest years on record have all occurred since 1990 and the country is increasingly vulnerable to flooding and coastal change, water shortages, food insecurity, pests and disease.

Adapting to climate change: simple, low cost solutions

Case studies session - Tuesday 24 November

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Adaptation and resilience: what's been done, what are the key challenges and what's next?

Keynote session – Wednesday 25 November

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Theme 2 – Nature

Nature-based solutions are being used in parallel with engineered interventions in Bangladesh and the UK to provide a variety of mitigation, adaptation and environmental benefits by protecting and enhancing natural capital at the same time as supporting socioeconomic development. Although there are challenges related to delivering nature-based solutions at scale, there is also great potential to generate employment opportunities for large numbers of low-skilled, daily wage earners that have been adversely affected by the economic downturn.

Overcoming challenges to implementing and sustaining nature investments at scale

Case studies session – Tuesday 8 December

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How are nature-based solutions being used in Bangladesh and the UK to combat climate change?

Keynote session – Wednesday 9 December

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Theme 3 – Clean energy

Bangladesh has the highest Off-Grid Solar PV Access Rate in the world which has been important in ensuring last mile energy access in rural areas. There has also been a rapid uptake of Solar Home Systems serving around 18 million people, and the Government of Bangladesh plans to deploy 50,000 solar pumps by 2025. Hydro, solar, wind, and other sources of renewable energy generation capacity are expected to grow at an average rate of 6.5 percent per year to 2041 and IFC estimates an investment opportunity of $3.2 billion in Bangladesh’s renewable energy sector to 2030.

The UK recently announced an ambitious ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution which will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030. The UK has the world’s largest offshore wind portfolio and with well over a decade of commercial deployment, UK companies are uniquely well placed to bring this learning to emerging markets.

Scaling up clean energy investments

Keynote and case studies session – Wednesday 3 February

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Theme 4 – Climate finance

Financing a climate-resilient and low-emission future

Given Bangladesh’s vulnerability to climate change, climate finance is a high priority for the country. The Government has been a leader in efforts to mobilise climate finance, mainstreaming climate finance across a government budgets, and reporting on spending regularly and transparently. It is also pressing the international community to scale-up efforts to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts including supporting people displaced by climate threats and establishing international responsibility for compensation for displacement.

The UK has committed to double its international climate finance to £11.6bn over 2021-2025 and has set out 11 COP26 priorities for public finance setting a clear benchmark for the international community. It has committed to align its entire ODA portfolio with the Paris Agreement, and will continue to support governments and central banks to fully integrate climate risk into macroeconomic financial stability systems. It will be the first country in the world to make the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures mandatory and is channelling the appetite from the financial sector for investments in the low carbon transition by creating new methods for investors and governments to work together. A panel of experts from the UK and Bangladesh will give insights from both countries followed by a moderated discussion with questions from the audience.

Keynote and case studies session – Wednesday 3 March

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This series is managed on behalf of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the British High Commission Dhaka by Mott MacDonald, in partnership with ODI. It is delivered through the Expert Advisory Call-Down Service (EACDS) Lot B: Strengthening Resilience and Responses to Crises, managed by a DAI Consortium.

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