Since its inception, BRAC University has conducted a series of cross-sectoral research on climate change and disaster management in direct collaboration with BRAC. To coordinate and manage these different activities, the Syndicate and the Board of Trustees of BRAC University have accorded for establishment of a research center titled “Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER)”. The Centre establishes a synergy between BRACU and BRAC in the field of climate change and other environmental issues.
The centre also maintains partnerships with other national and international organizations as appropriate. Resources and expertise available in the departments, schools and institutes of the university have been mobilized in the field pertinent to adaptation and mitigation. Special attention is given to research in the area of adverse impact of climate change on health, food security, poverty and livelihood, displacement and migration, loss and damage assessment, renewable energy, negotiation process, technology transfer, education and awareness, etc. In addition to this, C3ER arranged a number of trainings and public lectures on climate change and disaster management in association with other departments of BRAC University.
The C3ER focus on:
- Understanding the physical science of climate change and generation of climate change scenario for Bangladesh at local level
- Sea level rise and storm surge modeling for coastal zone protection against sea level rise and storm surges
- Bio-physical modeling for assessing the impact of climate change on environment
- Integrated adaptation planning and environment friendly infrastructure design
- Economics of adaptation to climate change and investment need identification
- Mitigation through emission reduction with particular focus on renewable energy options
- Comprehensive disaster management in a changing climate
- Application of bio-technological research at field level for the development of climate resilient cropping system
- Community based adaptation and awareness raising at local level
- Education curricula development for students and also for the training of local people, civil society and professionals
- Gender and climate induced migration including population dynamics and displacement
- Natural resource management to prevent degradation and preservation of ecologically critical areas
- Water supply and sanitation, pollution control and environmental governance
- Conservations of endangered flora and fauna to protect them from human invasions.
- Policy formulation for mainstreaming climate change adaptation in sectoral strategy and plan options