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Blue Economy_Final-1_IndexThis book is collection of papers on the issue of blue economy in the bay of Bengal region. The papers have comprehensively addressed the present and future prospects of ocean centric development and economic activities for BIMSTEC member countries. They have also addressed the possible strategies in respect of their own country context and future economic opportunities those included the structural development for ocean-based trading, shipping and tourism for country growth and development. Papers also have tried to find out the opportunities of sector cooperation in necessary areas to enhance the regional cooperation and facilities towards sustainable development in this region. [Click here for details]

Leaftlet Fisher-1_IndexThe fish and fisheries are playing a significant role for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh. This sector contributes 3% of total export earning, 4.37% to GDP and 23.37% to agriculture sector. In 2013-2014
the annual fish production was 3.548 million metric ton (MT) where hilsa (Tenualosailisha) production was
0.351 million MT and that contributes 11% of total fish production and 1% of national GDP in the country (Sharker et all, Fish Aqua J 2016, 7.2). Among the fish, the national fish hilsa has made its place into the  Bengali culture and it is highly nutritious and delicious. Hilsa is in [Click here for details report]

Leaftlet Roanu Final-1_IndexCOAST addressed acute needs of the affected community of Kutubdia. Shelter management and evacuation, water and sanitation, humanitarian advocacy, community assets building and kits distribution for primary school children were evidential needs of the community among others. Significances of COAST’s working approaches include coordinating and involving government authority, elected leaders, policy makers and affected people in meaningful ways. As a result, community and stakeholders of Kutubdia Island felt ownership. Click here for details

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IMG_7547_IndexCyclone Roanu and activation of HCTT: (As per JNA and HRP report)
Tropical storm Roanu made landfall in the southern coastal region of Bangladesh on 21st May 2016. Eighteen (18) coastal districts were affected and among them, seven (7) severely: Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bhola, Barguna, Lakshmipur, Noakhali and Patuakhali. The cyclone destroyed houses, uprooted trees and breached embankments. Villages were flooded, fisheries swept away and power supply was

interrupted. Within 24 hours, most of the evacuated returned to their homes. However, 1.3 million persons were directly affected by the cyclone’s impact that took the life of 27 persons (15 men and 12 women). Moreover, more than 100 primary schools and Madrassas were damaged due to water logging, strong winds and falling trees. {Click here full report}

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Index_Girls in Rural Flyer F-1COAST Trust has been implementing various development activities to empower adolescents. The main strategies of these activities is to enhance knowledge among adolescents, to facilitate them with opportunities. COAST has developed some adolescents’ groups from where they are learning about essential life skills, they are engaging themselves in Income Generating Activities. They are also getting clout as group, they are now working as change agent. They are protecting themselves from child marriage, they are disseminating knowledge and raising their voices through community radio. This leaflet showcases glimpse of the adolescent development efforts in Bhola and Cox’s Bazar. [Click here full report]

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Annual Report Final_08-03-16-11111The annual report of COAST has just been released. It covers the reporting period of July 2014 to December 2015. Every year COAST publishes its annual report with a specific theme. Theme or title of this year is Striving towards Self Reliance.

COAST observes that, recent three international decisions, taken by the world leaders, will hugely impact the struggle of development of the small countries like Bangladesh. These three decisions indicate that, Bangladesh has no other options than to be self reliant in terms of food security and climate change adaptation. Moreover, this strives for self-reliance must be started from the community level.

This annual report covers COAST efforts towards the journey of achieving self reliance both at the community level and organizational level. The report describes COAST efforts towards food security, women empowerment, institution buildings, livelihood development, education, farmers-fishers capacity building, adolescent empowerment, advocacy and campaign etc.

Uniqueness of the report, it contain case studies, financial trend analysis of the organization, last five year balance sheet analysis and latest audited balance sheet.

COAST is grateful to its partners for their support e.g. Bangladesh Government, Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), Medium Term Cooperation Program (MTCP2), Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), Oxfam, Palli Karma Sohayak Foundation (PKSF), Save the Children, Stromme Foundation (SF), UKAid, UNICEF, USAID and WorldFish.

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Inner PageA Coffee Table Book titled “A Tale from Climate Ground Zero” is going to be launched today in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali MP, the honourable Minister Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh will launch the Book in the conference on Disaster and Climate displacement, jointly organised by the Government of Switzerland, the Government of Norway and the Nansen Initiative, on 1520 hours on 12th Oct being held in Starling Hotel in Geneva.

A photo exhibition of Din M Shibly’s photographs will also take place here during 12-13 October at the same hotel.

The book consists of live photographs of the climate affected people and their livelihood in Bangladesh. Renowned Photographer Din M Shibly have been seeing the climate affected people of Bangladesh through his lens since 2003 and witnessed how the people of this area are getting worse situation day by day due to the sea level rise, salinity intrusion and other climate effects.

COAST Trust planned, guided and published this book with the support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of the Government of Bangladesh. Hasan Mehedi drafted the main text of the book which is edited by Barkat Ullah Maruf, Wafiur Rahman and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury.

Mr. Sahidul Haque, the Foreign Secretary and Mr Riaz Hamidullah, Director General of MoFA guided the design and overall printing along with Mostafa Kamal Akhanda of COAST. DTP artwork and Design is done by Mr Athir Rahman and it is printed by Line Work.

Please note that, COAST’s program component for Advocacy and Campaign, EquityBD has been campaigning at the international level on “Rights and Responsibilities on Climate Forced Migrants” since 2007, UNFCCC CoP in Bali, in cooperation with other international civil society and NGO networks.

Download the pdf version of the Coffee Table Book from hare

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Coast_Annual Report 2014 FinalBangladesh among other climate victim countries (CVC) is going to be one of the most affected countries in the world in the coming days. There are two basic reasons behind it. First, the country is a low-lying one and sits only within 15 to 20 feet from the sea level and thus precariously exposed to the effects of sea level rise. Second, this is one of the most disaster prone areas of the world and is frequently hit by the tropical cyclones and flood in the monsoon. The riverine land is very soft and built up on silt and that’s why it is too fragile to face the acute river and coastal erosion.

Download [Survival on Ground Zero Jan`13 to Jun`14]

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SeaweedCOAST publishes a research and experience sharing book on the seaweeds as an alternative source of nutrition titled “Potentials of Seaweeds”. A project funded by PKSF (Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation) titled “Finance for Enterprise Development and Employment Creation (FEDEC)” is being implemented by COAST in Teknaf, Ukhia and St. Martin where we are training up a number of seaweed farmer on how to grow seaweeds in a scientific method. Seaweed is not so popular in Bangladesh as a food item but it has a great source of nutrition and herbal medicine. We are also trying to make it popular by promoting it. We published the book to share our success and experience on it.

Download the book here as pdf.