ADB to provide $400m to support climate priorities in Bangladesh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Bangladesh today signed a US$400 million policy-based loan to  support the government of Bangladesh in implementing its National Adaptation Plan, 2023-2050.

The loan will also support Nationally Determined Contributions 2021 Update to  the Paris Agreement to achieve a climate-resilient inclusive development.

Md. Shahriar Kader Siddiky, secretary of Economic Relations Division (ERD),  and Edimon Ginting, country director of the ADB, signed the loan agreement on  behalf of Bangladesh and ADB respectively at a ceremony held at the ERD in  the capital today.

This assistance is the first subprogram of the indicative $700 million  Climate-Resilient Inclusive Development Program. Bangladesh is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the adverse impacts of climate change, recording an annual average loss of about US$3 billion, said a press release.

“As the region’s climate bank, ADB is committed to support Bangladesh’s progressive actions to strengthen its climate resilience, transition to a low-carbon economy, mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions, and mainstream gender equality and social inclusion in the government’s climate actions,” said ADB Country Director Edimon Ginting.

The programme will create an enabling institutional and policy environment to mobilize climate finance, prioritize climate actions in the country’s overall development agenda, and help the government implement reforms in climate-critical sectors, including agriculture, disaster management, transport and infrastructure, urban development, and energy.

The programme facilitated the creation of the National Committee for Environment and Climate Change headed by the Prime Minister for holistic implementation of the government’s climate priorities across ministries.

The programme will intensively support the government in operationalizing the Bangladesh Climate and Development Partnership presented recently at COP 28.

The programme supports the mainstreaming of climate priorities in government planning and resource allocation, and the mobilization of climate finance
through green bonds and sustainable finance policy.

At the sectoral level, the programme promotes climate-smart and climate-resilient agricultural practices, especially those that favor female farmers, adaptation of solar irrigation pumps, introduction of climate-resilient infrastructure design and planning, and regulatory framework for adaptation of electric vehicles and introduction of electric buses in the public
transport fleet.

The ADB also helps promote climate-resilient city action plans and improved drainage system for municipalities to reduce urban flooding.

In October 2021, ADB announced it is raising its ambition to deliver climate financing to its developing member countries to $100 billion from 2019 to 2030. This will expand access to new, climate-focused technologies and mobilize private capital toward climate finance.

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