Innovation is the key to tackle climate change
Speakers at a day-long workshop on ‘Innovative Climate Resilient Livelihoods Activities in Coastal belt’ have identified the need for innovation to face the adverse impact of climate change in every steps in the coastal region, which is necessary as Bangladesh enroute to becoming a middle income country.
“Bangladesh is now becoming a middle-income economy. In this scenario, we have to move ahead with more innovative programmes,” Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, said at the workshop organized jointly by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on August 14, 2018 at Ban Bhaban in the capital’s Agargaon.
Speaking as the chief guest he also pointed out that emphasis put by the government on Mangrove reforestation to protect coastal residents is evident by its inclusion in various government policies including NAPA, BCCSAP and the five-yearly plan.
Lauding UNDP for its past support in reforestation of 9000-hectare mangrove area in the coastal districts, Chowdhury continued to praise innovations of the Integrating Community-based Adaptation into Afforestation and Reforestation (ICBA-AR) Programmes in Bangladesh, a project undertaken by the government with technical support from UNDP and funding from Global Environment Fund (GEF).
The ministry’s additional secretary and ICBAAR’s National Project Director Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury termed climate change “a challenge” in achieving the government’s Vision 2021 and said, “We will tackle it through innovative programmes.”
The four-year ICBAAR project has been working since July 2016 in five coastal districts most affected by climate change – Noakhali, Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali and Pirojpur – to decrease adverse effects through participatory planning, community-based management and costal forestation and reforestation.
The project’s main focus is to decrease climate change vulnerability of the coastal population through sustainable livelihood adaptation.
Among others, Mohammed Shafiul Alam Chowdhury, Chief Conservator of Forest was special guest. Mr. Shamsur Rahman Khan, Deputy Secretary of MoEFCC, ICBA-AR Project Manager Dr. Mohammed Muzammel Hoque, Project Manager-ICBA-AR were also spoke on the occasion.
Over fifty participants, including officials from different ministries and departments of the government, climate change experts and researchers along representatives from NGOs, Media and civil societies discussed innovative livelihood options suitable for coastal area residents.