Climate change experts at a workshop here have stressed the need for adopting right policies and adaptation measures to address the vulnerabilities emerging due to climate change impacts, UNB reports
They said Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its geographical location and it has been facing various climate extreme events, including flood, cyclone and storm surge.
The Delegation of the European Union, BRAC, and the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) of BRAC University jointly organised the workshop titled ‘Growth and Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges in Bangladesh’ at a city hotel on Tuesday.
Speaking as the chief guest, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud said despite growing threats, Bangladesh will be able to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change in the days to come.
He stressed the need for engaging communities in the sustainable management of resources and infrastructure, along with the critical need for enhanced regional cooperation.
Senior Secretary of Economic Relation Division Mohammad Mejbahuddin, BRAC Executive Director Dr Muhammad Musa and EU Ambassador in Dhaka Pierre Mayaudon also spoke at the workshop held with eminent environmentalist Prof Ainun Nishat in the chair.
This half-day event was an opportunity for strategic policy dialogue and technical contributions in preparation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties (CoP) that will take place in Paris in December.
Presentations of global initiatives and reports on climate change by representatives of development partners were complemented by interventions by high government officials, the private sector, civil society and researchers from C3ER, BRAC University.
EU Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon said: “The Paris conference will be a historic opportunity to accelerate the shift to a low-carbon, climate-resilient global economy.
People around the world are looking to their leaders for a signal that they are ready and willing to take decisive actions to tackle climate change. The EU and its member states are committed to doing their part and working with our partners to ensure that Paris is a success.”
Virtually all countries of the world will gather together at the Paris climate conference (COP21) to conclude a new global climate change agreement. The EU is committed to ensuring the adoption of a legally binding, ambitious and fair international agreement applicable to all countries that is capable of keeping the global average temperature rise below 2°C and avoiding dangerous climate change.