GCA and World Bank Enhance Climate Resilience of Bangladesh’s Bay Terminal

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) announced a partnership with the World Bank to support the Government of Bangladesh in enhancing the climate resilience of the new Bay Terminal deep seaport project. This initiative backs the World Bank’s $650 million Bay Terminal Marine Infrastructure Development Project, approved on 28 June 2024 by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.

The Bay Terminal project aims to significantly improve Bangladesh’s global trade competitiveness and reduce import and export costs by increasing port operational efficiency and mobilizing private investment. GCA will provide technical assistance to ensure this critical infrastructure is designed and built to withstand future climate impacts.

GCA’s involvement will produce a prioritized list of adaptation and resilience options, emphasizing nature-based solutions for the planned breakwater, access channel, port infrastructure, and hinterland connections considering future climate scenarios. Additionally, GCA will provide technical specifications for green and grey adaptation interventions within the World Bank project and develop a framework for large-scale future adaptation measures in the project area.

To support long-term sustainability, GCA will arrange capacity-building sessions for project stakeholders through Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Masterclasses. The Bay Terminal is expected to handle 36 percent of Bangladesh’s container volumes, benefiting over one million people by providing improved access to sustainable transport services. By incorporating climate resilience from the outset, the project aims to safeguard these benefits against the increasing threats posed by climate change.

About the Global Center on Adaptation

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization promoting adaptation to the impacts of climate change. It aims to climate-proof development by instigating policy reforms and influencing investments made by international financial institutions and the private sector, ensuring climate adaptation remains at the forefront of the global fight against climate change.

Founded in 2018, GCA embodies innovation in its approach to climate adaptation and operates from the world’s largest floating office in Rotterdam, Netherlands. GCA has regional offices in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Beijing, China, with a new office opening in Nairobi, Kenya in 2025.