Bangladesh

Bangladesh has proposed to reduce its emissions by 5% by 2030 from a 2011 base year, with the potential to raise this reduction to 15% given international support. At the same time, Bangladesh’s 7th Five Year Plan (2016-2020) includes a goal to improve air quality in Dhaka and other large cities. Given synergies between reducing GHG emissions and reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), their are strong opportunities for vertically integrated action under Urban-LEDS II. The cities participating in the project receive support to develop Low Emission Development Strategies, GHG emission inventories, climate commitments and to implement a variety of low emission development solutions – see page At a Glance and Achievements.

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Narayanganj
Rajshahi
Singra
Sirajgan
Faridpur
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Narayanganj city is the largest, most historic, and most populous city of Narayanganj district in Dhaka division of Bangladesh. Narayanganj Municipality was upgraded to Narayanganj City Corporation on May 5th, 2011 to include 27 wards (i.e administrative zones) of Narayanganj Municipality, Siddhirganj Municipality, and Kadamrasul Municipality. The city’s markets, located on the banks of River Sitalakhya, are historically important trading centers.

Narayanganj city has a mixed topography. The urbanized areas and levees of the Sitalakhya, the Buriganga, and the Old Brahmaputra Rivers are of comparatively higher elevation. Geologically the city is on a terrace lying from 1-10 meters above the adjacent floodplains.

The major geographic units of the city are the highland or terrace, the lowland or floodplain, depressions, and abandoned channels. Low lying swamps and marshes located in and around the area are other major topographic features. Narayanganj city is located near Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka and is well connected with Dhaka-Chittagong highway. The city falls within the impacted zone of development resulting from this important transport corridor. The River Sitalakhya passing through the city is used for water based transportation and forms an integral part of the city’s trade and mobility.

Size of population (year) 709,364 persons (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
Size (km²) 47.22 km² (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
Population density (year) 22,563 hab/km² (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
Official language(s) Bengali
Major economic activities in the city Primary sector: activities such as agriculture, mining and fishing are not as prevalent. Secondary sector: driven by business and industries for jute and oilseed trade, processing plants, cement manufacturing, textile industries, etc. There is a river port used for shipping of industrial goods of these industries. Tertiary: small trade, private sector, and government jobs.
Population growth trend The annual population growth rate of district is 3.05 % (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
% of population living in urban areas 100%
Average annual rate of urbanisation 100% urbanization with an annual population growth of 3.05%
Greenhouse Gas emissions (total in C02e/year)
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The metropolitan city of Rajshahi is situated on the bank of River Padma and is the headquarters of the Rajshahi administrative division of Bangladesh. Rajshahi is an education hub with a large number of educational institutions, and is referred to as the Education city of Bangladesh. It is also famous for Rajshahi silk and often referred to as the Silk city. The city has taken notable efforts to reduce air pollution, led by the Rajshahi City Corporation.

Geographically, Rajshahi is situated within Barind Tract, 23 m (75 ft) above sea level. The city is located on the alluvial planes of the Padma river, which flows through southern side of the city.

Size of population (year) 4,49,756 persons (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics 2011)
Size (km²) 96.72 km² (Source: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics 2011)
Population density (year) 4,611 hab/km² (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics 2011)
Official language(s) Bangla (Bengali) is the main language for the citizens of Rajshahi city. English is understood widely, especially for academic and business purposes.
Major economic activities in the city Primary sector: fishing, agriculture, and agricultural activities. Secondary sector: silk based factories and manufacturing sectors, handcraft and boutique industries, food and fruits processing industries. Tertiary: public sector, banking, education, trading, business, and private sector.
Population growth trend The annual population growth rate is 1.25% (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics 2011)
% of population living in urban areas 100%
Average annual rate of urbanisation 100% population living in urban with annual population growth of 1.25%
Greenhouse Gas emissions (total in C02e/year) 0.05 Million tCO2e (Energy and Carbon Emissions Profiles of 54 South Asian Cities, version- 1, 2009, ICLEI-South Asia)
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Greenhouse Gas emissions by sector

  • Other
  • Waste
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
Source Amount (tCO2e) %
Other 51%
Waste 33%
Residential 13%
Commercial 3%
Industrial 0%
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Singra is a municipality of Natore district in Rajshahi division, Bangladesh. Singra Municipality was established in 1999 and includes 12 wards. The city is surrounded by the historic Chalan Beel and intersected by the Natore-Bogra highway in the east-west direction.

Singra city is located within the flood plain of Atrai and Gurnai Rivers, and also falls within the undulating Barind land. A number of water bodies including ponds and canals exist within the city area. The city experiences extreme weather during the summer and winter season as it falls within the Barind Tract. Historically floods occur every year due to the overflow of the two Rivers Atrai and Gurnai. The peripheral areas of Singra city are also situated at a lower altitude and are flooded nearly every year during monsoons.

Size of population (year) 33,192 persons (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
Size (km²) 29.39 km² (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
Population density (year) 2,869 hab/km² (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
Official language(s) Bengali
Major economic activities in the city A majority of the population (42.46%) is involved in agricultural activities (primary Sector). 23.98% households are involved in small retail businesses (Secondary Sector), 2.05% are employed in government/autonomous organization, 2.05% are employed in the private sector, and 31.39% are involved in informal activities.
Population growth trend 3.92% (Source: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
% of population living in urban areas 25% (Source: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
Average annual rate of urbanisation 4.5% (Source: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics census 2011)
Greenhouse Gas emissions (total in C02e/year)
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Sirajganj city is located in the greater Rajshahi division of Bangladesh, at a distance of about 110 km from the capital city of Dhaka. The city is situated on the banks of the Jamuna River. Sirajganj is an important jute trade center and port and houses jute mills. The city’s trade and businesses benefit from its close proximity to the Jamuna multipurpose bridge, the largest bridge in Bangladesh, connecting Sirajganj to Dhaka and the eastern part of country via road and railway.

Sirajganj city falls in the floodplain of the Brahmaputra and Jamuna Rivers. Due to its geographical location, Sirajganj is susceptible to water logging, floods, and river erosion along the banks of the Jamuna River.

Size of population (year) 1,58,913 (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics 2011)
Size (km²) 28.49 km² (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics 2011)
Population density (year) 5,577.9 hab/km² (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics 2011)
Official language(s) Bengali
Major economic activities in the city Primary sector: agriculture, fishing, dairy firms and informal commerce. Secondary sector: jute and small cottage industries including knitting and garments. Tertiary: services including public and private services, banks, institutions and business.
Population growth trend Annual population growth rate is 2.17%. (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics 2011)
% of population living in urban areas 100%
Average annual rate of urbanisation 100% population is living in urban areas with annual population growth of 2.17%
Greenhouse Gas emissions (total in C02e/year)
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Located in south-central Bangladesh, Faridpur is a part of the Dhaka Division and is bounded by the Padma River to its northeast. The district is named after the municipality of Faridpur.

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Official language(s) Bengali
Major economic activities in the city Primary sector: jute trade, fishing Secondary sector: jute mill and sugar mill industry
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Mongla is the located in the southwestern Bagerhat district. As the second busiest port city in the country, this city serves as an alternative to the more congested port of Chittagong.

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Official language(s) Bengali
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