Development Planning Unit
Learning from Grassroots Coping
Strategies to Climate Variability
(British Council) and Negotiating
Local Adaptive Capacity (BtGs)
  Contribute to the current understanding
of local coping strategies
  Examine the coping mechanisms
developed and adopted by the urban poor
  Identify strategies to mainstream these
mechanisms into urban planning responses
to climate change adaptation
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01 Physical modifications
Higher storage
Creepers in roof
Window at bed level
Better ventilation reducing heat
Canopy under roof
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01 Physical modifications
Rain gutter
Furniture height
Courtyard houses
Weather resistant column base
Barrier at door
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02 Diversified income sources
03 Savings and access to credits
  50% of the households are member of
monthly savings groups and have access
to credit from savings
  16% households have personal savings
(may or may not access to credits)
  Savings on average form 5-10% of the
household income
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04 Accumulation of Assets
Most of the households accumulates
assets in some form:
  Saleable household assets
  Building materials
  Investing in children's education
05 Very strong social network
 37% households are part of some form
of social network and can seek
assistance in case of emergency
 16% shared food with neighbours to
tackle hardship
 30% shared services of the unaffected
neighbours during disasters
Building up stores of
saleable assets
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 Conceptual bridge between disaster risk reduction and
climate change adaptation
 Documented coping grassroots strategies to climate
variability in Korail and Mohammadpur, Dhaka
 Negotiated bridge between spontaneous and planned
 Knowledge transfer: New MSc modules at DPU and BRAC
 Public and academic engagement
 Interdisciplinary future research
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To find more information:
  BRAC University Bulletin http://www.bracu.ac.bd/bulletin
  DPU Research: www.ucl.ac.uk/dpu/research
People involved in this project:
Adriana Allen ([email protected]) (DPU)
Cassidy Johnson ([email protected]) (DPU)
Huraera Jabeen ([email protected]) (BRAC University)
John Twigg ([email protected]) (Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research
  Katarina Soltesova ([email protected]) (DPU MSc student)