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Disaster Resilient WASH Products

Climate change increases the risk on natural hazards in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. Community based Disaster Management Committees have been activated and are being trained to reduce the risks for the communities as much as possible. in Bangladesh, Aidenvironment is involved in the training for entrepreneurs in WASH related products.

The coastal districts of Bangladesh are regularly hit by tropical cyclones, strong seasonal winds and various types of flooding. Other natural hazards include coastal and riverbank erosion and drought. Climate change will likely increase the risk of disasters in the future, affecting people, infrastructure and the environment.

Aidenvironment is part of the WASH SDG Program in Bangladesh, which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Through this program trainings are provided to coach and technically support the Disaster Management Committees on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) action planning. Currently, the trainings focus on the private sector, e.g. the entrepreneurs in Barguna and Satkhira Districts, who sell toilets with latrines, tube wells, superstructures of pond sand filters, handwashing basins, rainwater harvesting systems, sanitary napkins and other hygiene products.

Disasters have severe effects on the products and on the business itself. For example, flooding of toilets leads to environmental pollution, strong winds blow away entire superstructures, and flooding of wells reduces the water quality.  Entrepreneurs often have to stop their business during and after hazard events because transport is dangerous, storage buildings are flooded, production centers have to be used as emergency shelters, and external support is more difficult to obtain.

The training helps entrepreneurs to reduce the impact of disasters on their businesses and prepare for quick and effective recovery. This could mean installing products at different locations, using other construction materials or techniques, adapting product designs, and improving operation and maintenance.

For more information, please contact Mirjam Pruijssen.