The residents of Dholua Union in the southern delta of Bangladesh battle daily with climate change-related flash flooding and water-logged roads that would periodically cut them off from essential services and community meeting points, including schools, health centers and places of worship. Community know-how, combined with the vision of a local government leader and ‘change agent’ has unlocked the potential of the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility approach to deliver transformative adaptation results.
Mokhlesur Rahman first made a name for himself as a change agent during his days as a grocer, when he would chat with his customers and take pride in offering advice or helping them seek solutions to their woes. His reputation and charisma earned Mr Rahman the support of his community and when he ran in local elections some years ago; he won – taking his problem-solving skills from a part-time hobby to a full-time job. Read more