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Bangladesh Urban Earthquake Resilience Project (Phase I)
September 2012 - February 2014
Location: Bangladesh
Sponsored by: Government of Bangladesh, World Bank (WB) South Asia Group

Project Summary

The project supports the National and local authorities of Bangladesh in the development of an earthquake resilience strategy. It includes the analysis of earthquake risk; determination of hotspots and indicators; the development of knowledge-sharing platform with a city risk Atlas; and building the foundations of a risk reduction master plan for Dhaka.

Project Objectives

The project supports the National and local authorities of Bangladesh in the development of an earthquake resiliency strategy for Dhaka with the aim to:

  • Serve as the foundation for a government-owned multi-year participatory process focused on improving institutional capacity for earthquake resilience at the national level;
  • Facilitate the development of tools to support information sharing and decision making that will guide policies aimed at mitigating the impact of earthquake hazards through structural and nonstructural vulnerability reduction measures;
  • Design and implement working groups around core themes of earthquake resilience strategy (for example: earthquake hazard and vulnerability analysis; legal and institutional arrangements; risk sensitive land-use planning);
  • Support the improvement of risk modeling for earthquake hazards;
  • Establish a capacity building program for government agencies; and
  • Establish a framework for an information, education and communication program.


In this project, EMI adopted a participatory process under the concept of mainstreaming. An integrated Project Management Team shares all information, coordination and decisions on the project. The Advisory Committee, a key mainstreaming instrument, provides oversight and guidance. It is composed of policy-level representatives from government, service providers, private sector, civil society organizations, academe and development partners. Focus Groups are organized along the main elements of the project.  They represent the platform for participation of the stakeholders for creating ownership and sustainability. The Scientific Consortium provides input and guidance on the science and technical elements of the project.

Series of activities have been conducted to complete the above mentioned project deliverables. The first and second field investigation held on October to November 2012 dealt with project organization, work planning and data gathering efforts for various project components. The third and fourth field investigations held on March 24-29 and June 28-July 4 2012, respectively, were conducted to (1) present and validate the Communication Based Assessment findings to IEC FG members (2) present the results of Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan review to LUP FG members (2) demonstrate Geonode as data sharing platform to GIS-ICT FG (4) closing ceremony for the RSLUP blended training course (4) project status reporting to the Advisory Committee and (5) in-depth presentation to Scientific Consortium on Land Use Planning and IEC project elements. The fifth and last field investigations (FIs) held on October 21-28 and December 14-19, respectively, were conducted to present and validate the draft project deliverables and suggested future work to focus groups, scientific consortium, advisory committee and key stakeholders in Dhaka. The inputs gathered from these FIs were incorporated in the final project deliverables.

Project Accomplishments/Deliverables

In the initial phase, the project addressed the following elements:

QC Deliverables

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