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The fourth phase of the Char Development and Settlement Project, CDSP IV, started on 1 March 2011, with the mobilisation of the TA team. The project is co-financed by the Government of Bangladesh, the Government of the Netherlands, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The financing agreement between IFAD and the Government of Bangladesh was signed in Rome on 9 May 2011, while the Administrative Arrangement between the Netherlands and Bangladesh was signed in Dhaka on 4 January 2012.

CDSP IV Objectives !!

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he overall objective of the project is to reduce poverty and hunger for poor people living on newly accreted coastal chars, which will be achieved via improved and more secure livelihoods. The purpose is therefore to improve and enhance the security of the livelihoods of the settlers in the project areas. This applies in particular for the 28,000 households in the CDSP IV project areas. The purpose is achieved through the following outputs: – effective management of water resources, protection against tidal and storm surges, improved drainage; – climate resilient internal infrastructure for communication, markets, cyclone shelters, provision of potable water and hygienic sanitation; – provision to the settlers of a legal title to land; – improved livelihoods and household resilience; – institutional development in order to create an enabling institutional environment; – knowledge management through undertaking and disseminating surveys and studies and by learning from and contributing to ICZM efforts.

The focus of the activities of CDSP IV is on the development of five new chars: Char Nangulia, Noler Char and Caring Char (these three chars are contiguous to each other); Urir Char and Char Ziauddin. The total extent of these chars is around 30,000 ha, with an estimated population of 155,000 in 28,000 households.

Char Development and Settlement Project

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