Climate Adaptation Atlas in Bangladesh
The sustainable development of deltas requires sophisticated
tools to support the planning processes in these areas.
Knowledge for Climate Programme
Policymakers, planners and project developers face increasingly complex challenges and future uncertainties that require a multi-disciplinary approach. The complexity of the challenges also means that many stakeholders need to be involved in the planning process to address them and come to a widely supported, joint problem definition or strategy that takes full advantage of the potential assets of an area.
The Climate Adaptation Atlas is just such an interactive tool. It opens up and visualises spatial information about the physical, socio-economic and institutional system for a wider audience. It can be used for problem analysis, awareness raising, agenda setting, joint fact-finding, capacity building and strategy development. The atlas has proven important as a tool that helps policymakers to address climate adaptation issues and formulate priorities for adaptation strategies.
The atlas was developed and applied for a case study area in Bangladesh, involving Dutch and Bengali partners. The objectives of the project were to develop a platform for participatory
planning for the Haor area in Bangladesh, to visualise scenarios for the long-term future, to apply the touch table as a platform for participatory planning and to show how the approach can work
for Bangladesh and other regions in the world.