The U.S. government is going to spend $30 million on climate resilience projects in Bangladesh as part of a major push to spend more to fight global warming.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to pour between $5 million and $30 million taxpayer dollars into research and innovation projects to encourage Bangladesh to be more “climate resilient,” according to plans announced Tuesday.
The agency is not looking for organizations to fund just yet. Right now, USAID is asking for partners to help build the grant program so the agency can decide how to spend the money. Organizations who are willing to help build “collaborative design of new climate solutions in Bangladesh” will assist USAID decide how the $30 million will be spent, the summary for the project states.
USAID wants to “fund innovative approaches and enterprising solutions that improve the wellbeing of marginalized and vulnerable poor, including women and girls, and improve their resilience to the risks posed by climate change and extreme weather events.”
The agency will bring participants program to bring agencies interested in building the grant program to Dhaka, the capitol of Bangladesh, in November for a meeting.(RELATED: State Department Handing Out $400,000 For ‘Climate Challenge’ In Morocco)
Bangladesh is high on USAID’s list of countries that need assistance to fight global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that by 2050, as much as 17 percent of Bangladesh will be underwater, displacing 27 million people. Each year, the country loses 1 percent of farmable land due to rising seas and natural disasters, USAID claims. (RELATED: US Taxpayers To Fund Global Warming Debates For Colleges In India)
During the Paris climate talks last December, Secretary of State John Kerry promised that the U.S. would double its annual grant spending on climate change by 2020 to about $860 million per year.