Bangladesh government officially launches Rio ProjectJan 11, 2017
On 11 January 2017, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Bangladesh officially launched the National Capacity Development for Implementing Rio Conventions Through Environmental Governance—Rio Project for short. An inception workshop was held at the CIRDAP Auditorium in Dhaka. The project is also being supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
At this inception workshop, Mr Anwar Hossain Manju, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) was the chief guest. Mr. Nurul Karim, Additional Secretary, MoEF and Ms Kyoko Yokosuka, Country Director a.i, UNDP Bangladesh were special guests. Mr Md Raisul Alam Mondal, Director General, Department of Environment, chaired the discussion. Representatives from relevant ministries, departments, government agencies, research institutions, universities, NGOs, civil society organizations, ethnic groups and international organizations were present at the event.
In 2007, Bangladesh completed its National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA). The document identified the need for technical and managerial capacity of human resources in the relevant multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) areas as most critical to MEA implementation. The Rio Project was developed in direct response to this need.
The Bangladesh NCSA identified the salient features of obligations under the Rio Conventions: priority environmental issues, capacity development needs, either common to or cutting across climate change, biodiversity and lend degradation. Among the Rio Conventions, Bangladesh has made progress with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) but opportunities for extensive work remains to collectively address the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
“Implementation SDG 12 i.e. sustainable consumption and production can be an important policy to achieve many of the Rio priorities,” said Kyoko Yokosuka, Country Director, a.i, UNDP Bangladesh.
The project has an initial budget of US$ 1.32 million, and will be implemented until April 2018.