Bangladesh - Response in Cox’s Bazar

Bangladesh - Response in Cox’s Bazar
Dec 2018

Since 25 August 2017, more than 700 000 Rohingya refugees fled Myanmar to seek safety in Cox’s Bazar in the span of a few months, which increased the total number of refugees in the area to 907 000. This exodus became one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world. The rapid population increase placed a heavy strain on local natural resources, services and infrastructure.

In particular, forest and water resources have been severely depleted. Due to massive deforestation the population is exposed to an increased risk of landslides and flash floods, in an area which already experiences one of the highest rates of climate-related disasters in the world. In response to the crisis, FAO is working with the Government of Bangladesh and humanitarian partners to support refugees and host communities in crop production, fisheries and forestry in Teknaf and Ukhiya Upazilas.