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Bangladesh: Climate Resilient Livelihood Improvement and Watershed Management in Chittagong Hill Tracts Sector Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54047-001 Status: Proposed

The proposed project will take a holistic approach to improve livelihoods and sustainable use of natural resources in the CHT. It will do so by addressing selected deficiencies in all five forms of capital that are lacking in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Specifically, the project will address physical capital by improving roads and bridges, water supply and sanitation and irrigation schemes, market facilities, and providing agricultural equipment. It will build human capital by improving vocational skills in the rural non-farm sector related to agriculture value chains and developing capacity of the CHT institutions and stakeholders. Social capital will be improved by strengthening the local government institutions to continue the system of participatory planning and implementation of subprojects that has been established under the Second Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Development Project.

Project Details

Project Officer
Ranawana, Sanath South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bangladesh
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Climate Resilient Livelihood Improvement and Watershed Management in Chittagong Hill Tracts Sector Project
Project Number 54047-001
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Third Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Development Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Agro-industry, marketing, and trade - Rural market infrastructure

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The proposed project will take a holistic approach to improve livelihoods and sustainable use of natural resources in the CHT. It will do so by addressing selected deficiencies in all five forms of capital that are lacking in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Specifically, the project will address physical capital by improving roads and bridges, water supply and sanitation and irrigation schemes, market facilities, and providing agricultural equipment. It will build human capital by improving vocational skills in the rural non-farm sector related to agriculture value chains and developing capacity of the CHT institutions and stakeholders. Social capital will be improved by strengthening the local government institutions to continue the system of participatory planning and implementation of subprojects that has been established under the Second Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Development Project. Natural capital will be improved by supporting the restoration of critical watersheds through village community forest management and implementing several pilot projects in rural solid waste management. Finally, financial capital will be improved by enhancing fund flow arrangements for disbursement of annual development plan funds and leveraging private investment in basic agro-processing facilities. Subprojects will be selected through an inclusive and bottom-up approach based on community stated priorities.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The CHT is a geographically and ethno-culturally distinct region of Bangladesh. Situated in the southeast, it is the only extensively hilly area of the country. Historically, the population of CHT was made up of 11 distinct ethnic groups, each with its unique language, culture and heritage. Since the mid-1950s, the people of the CHT have been displaced from their ancestral lands, firstly due to the Kaptai Hydroelectric Project (completed in 1960), and later (since the late 1970s) to several transmigration programs to settle Bengali people from the plains in the CHT. These were seen as acts of aggression by the indigenous communities, which led to an armed uprising for autonomy and the rights of indigenous peoples. Following a 2-decade long conflict, a peace accord was signed in 1997, and along with it the promise of a new era of peace, harmony and development.

More than 2 decades on, the CHT ranks amongst the poorest districts of Bangladesh. Measured in terms of a single dimensional index of household income and expenditure, the population below the poverty line in the CHT districts of Bandarban, Khagrachari, and Rangamati in 2010 was 40.1%, 25.5% and 20.3% respectively. In comparison, the national average poverty head count in the same year was 31.4%. However, using a multi-dimensional index including non-income covariates, poverty levels in the CHT are believed to be much higher. Such analysis also shows that indigenous communities are poorer than the non-indigenous communities.

Impact enhanced human health and well-being, reduced vulnerability, and improved food security of the CHT people
Outcome Sustainable livelihood opportunities and access to basic services for the rural population in the CHT including women and vulnerable groups enhanced
Outputs

Rural roads rehabilitated

Community infrastructure developed

Watershed management strengthened

Agriculture production, processing, and marketing improved

Rural non-farm skills related to agriculture value chains improved

Geographical Location Bandarban, Khagrachari, Rangamati
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples A
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services To be procured following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement To be procured following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Responsible ADB Officer Ranawana, Sanath
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Banglad
Building No. 4 (6th floor)
Dhaka-1000
Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance 06 Aug 2020
Fact Finding 03 May 2021 to 13 May 2021
MRM 05 Jul 2021
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 06 Aug 2020

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