Persons from at-risk groups face barriers that put them at a higher risk of being affected adversely by the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. Their inclusion is essential when working with the ecological environment to reduce disaster risk. They can propose creative and relevant solutions to improve their communities and protect the environment.
Sustainable Land Management (SLM) for disaster risk reduction (e.g., protecting vulnerable lands, controlling soil erosion, preventing and mitigating land degradation, etc.) can represent an opportunity to promote a more accessible and inclusive physical- and social environment.
The inclusive, flood-resilient cluster village in the flood prone area of Gaibandha District in northern Bangladesh provides safe accessible housing, food security and income generation for multiple families, including persons with disabilities. The village has been made accessible for persons with disabilities through different measures, including the construction of a ramp, connecting the cluster village entrance with the road, and of accessible common Water-, Sanitation- and Hygiene (WASH) facilities. Land users who are persons with disabilities or older persons also benefit from the accessible infrastructure.