Project profile — Addressing Environmental Degradation in Cox's Bazar District


UNDP - United Nations Development Programme (41114)
2022-03-29 - 2024-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)


• Energy Generation, Renewable Resources: Energy conservation and demand-side efficiency (23183) (20.00%)
• Forestry: Forestry development (31220) (40.00%)
• Environmental policy and administrative management:
Environmental policy and administrative management (41010) (10.00%)
Environmental education/training (41081) (25.00%)
Environmental research (41082) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to contribute to environmental rehabilitation and long-term development of Cox’s Bazar District (CXB) through supporting an ecologically sustainable approach in host communities and Rohingya refugee camps. Project activities include: (1) securing access to cleaner energy by providing alternative cooking fuel through continued provision of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) instead of firewood to reduce deforestation in CXB; (2) contributing to environmental and ecosystem protection by restoring local forestland and watershed, with a view to enhance climate resilience to landslides, flooding and droughts; (3) developing and updating environmental and watershed management plans using participatory planning at territorial level; (4) providing technical support for a multi-sectoral joint monitoring platform for environmental and socio-ecological assessments; (5) promoting renewable energy technology in farming communities; and (6) training Rohingya women beneficiaries in resilience building through green skills development. The project targets meeting 14% of the LPG needs of up to 900,000 Rohingya refugees over its lifespan. As well, up to 167,000 people in host and refugee communities are expected to indirectly benefit from the improved ecosystem and resource management in their surrounding environments.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) maintained provision of alternative, clean cooking fuel and technology to all refugee households; (2) improved climate resilience, and reduced negative environmental impacts through ecosystem restoration and improved management of natural resources benefitting refugee and host populations of Cox’s Bazar District; and (3) sustained resilience of Rohingya refugees, especially the most vulnerable among them.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2022 include: (1) distributed 279,681 liquefied petroleum gas refills to refugee households. This includes 61,530 women-headed households, 33,295 older adults, and 24,417 households with at least one person with a disability; (2) 32 hectares of land was planted with forest plantations, establishing 25 hectares of forest on steep slopes to prevent soil erosion and landslides and reduce disaster risks; (3) planted 5.5 hectares of riparian forest to stabilize flood-prone areas alongside riverbanks; and (4) 1.5 hectares was planted with forest plantation along roadsides, in the vicinity of a forest range office, and in homesteads within camp areas.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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