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Building community capacity to reduce salinity, tidal inundation and cyclone relate vulnerability

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The goal of the project is to build the capacity of the community to reduce salinity, tidal inundation and cyclone relate vulnerability, as well as to facilitate poverty reduction. The specific objectives of the project are: 

To improve understanding of vulnerability related to salinity, tidal inundation and cyclones and related challenges
To identify community needs to address vulnerability in the selected area and communities
To build awareness about current and future impacts of climate change in general and salinity, sea level rise and cyclone in particular
To improve coping mechanisms to address salinity and associated problems
To capture and strengthen existing local knowledge and practices for decreasing vulnerability to climate variability
To facilitate integration of suitable technological and external knowledge to improve coping and adaptation for the future.

Specific project activities therefore include: 
1) Building awareness about climate change related impacts and vulnerability through communication via various media and collective action
2) Initiate actions at the community levels to enhance resilience, adaptive capacity and livelihoods through: 

Promotion of coastal afforestation and mangrove plantation 
Homestead based forestry, horticulture and integrated farming practices 
Promotion of salt-tolerant crops and cropping systems 
Diversification of agriculture through introducing new cropping systems and integration of rice, shrimp, crab and fish farming 
Promotion of market opportunities in relation to existing and emerging livelihood options and products 
Promotion of safe drinking water 
Disaster preparedness in relation to cyclone, tidal surges and sea level rise

Capacity building of local communities as well as extended partners and concerned agencies through facilitating the sharing of information and experiences, orientation, training, networking, lobbying and advocacy at local and regional scales.