The Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University

Project Title: Community-led holistic innovations for flood resilience in Bangladesh

The Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) at BRAC University has tested community-led innovations that enhance the resilience of households and communities before, during and after floods, and develop a future implementation strategy at scale across Bangladesh. The project solution involved the design and testing of flood- resilient houses, and related integrated innovations such as water harvesting, cage fishing and renewable energy using a community-based participatory process.

By July 2018, three floating houses were constructed. The houses can comfortably fit a family of 6 and they are self-contained as a functional hydroponics, aquaponics, and chicken rearing structures have been set up. In the event of flooding, the family will still be in a position to produce its own food (fish, chicken and a variety of vegetables). 

Facts about the Challenge project


South Asia



Team lead

Ainun Nishat

Lead organization

BRAC University 

International partners

University of Dundee