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Community-based Implementation and Compliance of MEAs – Biodiversity related issues in linkage to climate variability (CICMEA)

IUCN Bangladesh Country Office has been implementing this one year project for improving the role of communities in effective implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). This project is financially supported by United Nations University (UNU) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The project expects to engage the communities at local level to implement the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) while focusing the issues of awareness raising and capacity building across MEAs like Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The project also envisages to assess the capacity of the local communities as well as to develop a roadmap or guideline to enhance their capacity on MEAs implementation processes.


Improve the role of communities in effective implementation of MEAs
Specific Objectives:
Review, assess and validate the role of communities and community-based knowledge in effective implementation of CBD work programme with specific focus on issues of access to genetic resources, benefit sharing and traditional knowledge
Validate the role of traditional knowledge and practices in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and adaptation to climate change
The project anticipates to generate a well-recognized consensus through vigorous consultation with the grass-roots in 29 Districts/Upazillas/Unions all over Bangladesh. The particular locations have been identified focusing various diversified ecosystems of Bangladesh as well as the emerging environmental issues embedded within a particular locality. 
It is quite obvious from the project goal that the project has been focusing exclusively on the local community of Bangladesh. The relevant stakeholders of the project are as follows:
Working groups representing the ecosystem(s) and major livelihood options as appropriate as per the corresponding ecosystem(s).
School and college teachers
Local NGOs
Union Parishad (UP) representatives
Civil society
Government service providers
Expected Outputs
Status of NBSAP and NAPA implementation at community level appraised
Communication strategies to convey MEA issues to local communities developed and tested
Public consultation on specific biodiversity and changing climatic issues conducted
Selected best practices, local traditional knowledge and resource use modality and climate adaptation actions at local level documented
Review NBSAP and NAPA implementation
The project will review the implementation of NBSAP and NAPA in terms of the roles of local communities in Bangladesh and national policy-making. The project is also anticipated to find out the innovative and best practices of the communities and to develop synergies on how these innovative practices can be linked to NBSAP and NAPA recommendations.
Develop communication materials 
A communication strategy will be developed for awareness raising of local community on important MEAs issues. Based on the strategy, four brochures and one poster will be produced on CBD, NBSAP, ABS (Access and Benefit Sharing), UNFCCC and NAPA and their implementation options.
Organize consultation
A total of 29 workshops will be conducted: twenty-five (25) local workshops at the community level (union level) and four (4) regional workshops (district level).
Conduct case studies
Five case studies will be conducted on best practices, local traditional knowledge and resource use modality as well as adaptation actions at local level – with an aim to support better implementation of Article 8(j) of CBD concerning ABS issues and also UNFCCC provision as indicated in the Bangladesh NAPA.
Timeframe: February 2008 - January 2009.
Final Report:
Suggested citation - 
IUCN, UNEP, UNU, 2009. Final Report: Community-based Implementation and Compliance of MEAs – Biodiversity related issues in linkage to climate variability (CICMEA). IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), UNU (United Nations University), Dhaka, Bangladesh, pp. 43. 
For more information, please contact: 
Ahsanul Wahed
Research Associate


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