Workshop on bringing CCA and DRR together

10 Sep 2013

imageThe workshop emphasized the need for a holistic approach that takes care of both disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.
On 10 September 2013, a national policy consultation workshop was jointly organized UNDP and CDMP II at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center. The objective of the workshop was to bring the concept, practice and institutions in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation together for a common objective to make vulnerable communities resilient.

The workshop emphasized the need for a holistic approach that takes care of both disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Minister, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP said, “This will require new models of cooperation and coordinated policy and institutional responses across multiple sectors, agencies and ministries”.

 UNDP Bangladesh Country Director Pauline Tamesis said, “We can transform the economy to be climate and disaster smart and move towards environmentally sustainable development.” She also cited the example of the coastal afforestation project which uses simple innovations to combines climate resilience by reclaiming lost land, on one hand, and ensuring disaster risk reduction through the protection of a mangrove green belt along the coast, that protects inland communities from tidal surges and cyclones.

Country representative of DFID, Ms. Sarah Cooke also spoke at the consultation about the economic case for resilience. She said it was far more cost-effective to enhance the capacity of people, communities and institutions before an event rather than to throwing emergency relief after it occurs.

The workshop was graced by the presence of Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, H.E. Ragne Birte Lund, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy to Bangladesh, Ms. Sarah Cook, Country representative of DFID, and Mr. Colum Wilson, Head of Climate Change and Disaster Resilience Team, DFID. Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Member of Parliament (MP), Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of ICCCAD, Mr. Mesbahul Alam, Secretary, MoDMR, Ms. Pauline Tamesis, Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh and Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, PKSF and Dhaka School of Economics (DScE) were present. Amongst others, Dr. Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University, Dr. M. Asaduzzaman, Economist, and Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, Executive Director, Centre for Global Change participated in the event.

Eminent disaster management experts, climate change specialists, representatives from government, donors, I/NGO were also attended the consultation workshop.