What is Climate Centre About
The Climate Centre is a hub for climate learning, knowledge sharing, technology demonstration, and capacity development. It is located in Sreepur, 60 kilometers north of Dhaka, and consists of:
- A Climate Technology Park (10ha), which models Bangladesh’s five main ecosystems, the ways in which they are affected by climate change, and the adaptation options available to rural communities. It is open to the public, and visitors can book guided tours or follow walkways themselves through the Park’s landscapes: the coastal mangrove ecosystem, the Char lands, the Haor floodplains, the northern drylands, and the south-eastern ecosystem of the Hill Tracts. Climate technology solutions for the agricultural, water, housing, coastal, renewable energy, and energy efficiency sectors are integrated into these spaces. A serene lake, picturesque picnic places, and other attractions will render a visit to the Park an unforgettable experience for families, school classes, and student groups.
- A Climate Learning Centre, which is one of Bangladesh’s greenest buildings. It serves as a visitor centre, houses exhibitions, interactive learning stations, and a cinema hall, and provides research, training, and conference facilities.
- A Food Forest showcases native food trees and Bangladesh’s rich biodiversity. It will become an added attraction of the Park in which visitors can learn about agroforestry, plant a tree, harvest fruits, and nuts, and buy seeds.
- A Climate Farm is planned to explore the potential of organic, climate-resilient crops. Farmers will be able to study them at dedicated Climate Field Schools, and universities will be able to do field research here.
- The Climate Campus is the residential area for the Climate Centre’s staff and visiting researchers. It has guest rooms and cottages for Park visitors, training participants, and other guests, as well as conference and restaurant facilities for up to 200 people. This Campus, surrounded by the Climate Park, a forest, and scenic paddy fields, will be powered entirely by renewable energy.
The Climate Park with the Learning Centre was officially inaugurated on the 1st of October, 2022, and the Climate campus will be opened in 2023.