30 June 2014, Bangladesh – CIFAL Scotland in partnership with Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD) and Gaia Education hosted the two-day workshop “Climate Change: How it Impacts us All”, in the framework of the project Building Capacity and Empowering Communities (BCEC). The event, held in Mongla on the 26 – 27 June, convened 40 community members and leaders from 42 communities of the Khulna and Bagerhat districts of southern Bangladesh.

The workshop was designed to empower community members and leaders to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take actions on climate change. It provided an opportunity to share knowledge and skills through group trainings, presentations, discussions, peer-to-peer learning, demonstrations and planning sessions.

The workshop covered the basic concepts of climate change and explained the reasons for climate change locally, regionally, and globally. Through a discussion of these key concepts, the participants learnt how they can adapt to and minimize the impacts of climate change.

Participants were also given demonstrations of BASD Climate Change Adaptation techniques and details of emergency response training. Additionally, they had the opportunity to learn and discuss about local government policies and initiatives to mitigate climate change.

The event was part of a series of workshops under the project Building Capacity and Empowering Communities (BCEC) supported by the Scottish Government. Over the course of this three-year project (2013-2015), the workshops will reach 120 participants.