Dissemination Seminar on Scoping of Integration of waterlogging risk reduction into planning and budgeting processesJan 29, 2018
Programming Division of Planning Commission and UNDP Bangladesh jointly organized a national level seminar on “Scoping of Integration of waterlogging risk reduction into planning and budgeting processes” on 29 January at the NEC Conference room.
The seminar was organized to disseminate the scoping study with a range of stakeholders both at national and local level. The study was done jointly by the Programming Division and UNDP, to solve the problem of waterlogging that is a menace to the vulnerable communities in the South West of Bangladesh. The study also proposes for better institutional coordination at national and local levels along with a mechanism for enhanced budgeting and resource mobilization.
Speakers at the seminar stressed the importance on better coordination among the ministers and stakeholders to address the decade long problem of waterlogging.
Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mannan, MP, State Minister Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, addressing the seminar as the chief guest said, “Many programmes and projects have been undertaken to address many aspects of the waterlogging problem but it still exists in south west. This study will help for better institutional coordination at national and local levels.”
Earlier Dr. Rafiqul Islam, Consultant, UNDP presented the key note paper while Mr. Md. Syeedul Haque Chief. Programming Division highlighted the importance of this seminar.
The study has a set of recommendation to address the problem such as: Operationalization of the Disaster Management Fund, as indicated in the Disaster Management Act 2012, a multi-layered & multi-sectoral coordination framework: two at the national level and two at the local level, formulation of a comprehensive Study & Action Plan to facilitate risk reduction to waterlogging and a dedicated Investment Fund to implement the Action Plan.
Mr. Ziaul Islam Secretary, Planning Division & Member, Programming Division, while chairing the seminar said, highlighted the technical support from UNDP to conduct the study which has a set of recommendations to resolve the problem.
Among others Ms Kyoko Yokosuka, Deputy Country Director, UNDO, Mr. Arif Abdullah Khan Programme Specialist, Disaster Resilience, UNDP, Mr. Proshanta Kumar Chakraborty Joint Chief, Programming Division Planning Commission also spoke.
The study report can be accessed here: