Trainings for govt officials to integrate biodiversity and climate change in development planning and programming

Oct 1, 2018

For the first time in Asia, training modules on Rio conventions have been mainstreamed into regular curriculum of trainings for civil servants

An initiative of the United Nations Development Programme’s National Capacity Development for Implementing RIO Conventions through Environmental Governance Project, the inclusion aims to ensure accompaniment of strong and effective environmental management with development initiatives

The programme also developed the training modules, another first in Asia, on the three conventions adopted during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Rio Conference, and the Earth Summit,  a major United Nations conference held in Rio de Janeiro from June 3 to 14, 1992

A day-long workshop on the conventions was held on October 1, 2018 at the Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy (BCSAA) auditorium in Shahbagh as a part of the 107th, 108th and 109th Law & Administration Course which is participated by 116 young government officials’ cadres ranking from Assistant Commissioner to Senior Assistant Commissioner

The day-long programme, dubbed the Rio day, will become a recurring part of the course and will be mandatory for all the upcoming batches of civil servants participating in the training. They would be trained on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Starting with the keynote presentation on the Rio Conventions (UNCBD, UNFCCC and UNCCD): 360-degree Development Overview, the workshop is followed by a technical panel discussion and group exercise and presentations from the participants

The keynote was presented by Md. Ziaul Haque, Director, Department of Environment (DoE) and National Project Director, Rio Project showing the main message of three Rio Conventions, their linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), national policy coherence and progress of implementations in Bangladesh

“This is a remarkable achievement of the project as well as the department. This step has ensured that the world environment agenda is implanted into the main capacity building artery of Bangladesh,” Dr. Sultan Ahmed, Director General, DoE and Additional Secretary to the Government, pointed out


“We, humans, started interfering in the natural process through industrialisation, cutting of vegetation, exploiting and burning fossil fuels and emitting so much carbon di oxide that the world could not cope up to the changes and is facing disaster. So, now it is ultimately our duty to start nurturing the nature again in parallel with the sustainable development,” Md. Zafar Iqbal ndc, Member Directing Staff, BCSAA, said

The Academy’s Director for Training, Saleh Ahmed Mujaffor, underscored the importance of basic understanding of environmental concerns so that they can work to adapt climate change, abate pollution and conserve biodiversity at the local levels. He also advised the participants for changing lifestyle and behavior on single use plastics in daily lives and try to refuse or reuse the plastic products as much as possible

AS Moniruzzaman Khan, Programme Head (Climate Change), BRAC and former National Project Coordinator, Rio Project, shared practical field level implementations of the Rio Conventions. He pointed out the co-management practices of the District Commissioner’s office in Jessore which keeps aside a budget to provide the primates roaming around the city with food. “It is not only the money that is saving the monkeys, the awareness and realisation of the importance of preserving the environment are what are actually conserving the species diversity.”

A total of 150 senior officials from the Department of Environment, Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy (BCSAA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh were present at the programme along with the participants.

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