A total of 20 participants from 15 different organizations including public, private and NGO’s took part in the training course
A five day-long training program of The Bangladesh Academy for Climate Services (BACS) titled concluded on Thursday at Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) in Dhaka.
The Bangladesh Academy for Climate Services (BACS) was co-founded in 2018 by the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
A total of 20 participants from 15 different organizations including public, private and NGO’s took part in the training course, titled “Introduction to climate services”.
Participants drawn government, non-government and private organizations underwent a theoretical course for the first three days and were taken to Manikgonj for a field visit on the fourth day. On the concluding day of the training course, the participants were awarded with certificates.
“It is important that we should think about climate issues in all our workplaces,” ICCCAD Director Dr Saleemul Haq told the Dhaka Tribune.
“The training will help to build a community to face challenges relating to climate change and will help the participants and their organizations to use innovative ideas to face critical situations.
“Training of such kind has been arranged for the first time in Bangladesh. We will arrange such kind of programs every year.”
Ms Melody Braun, a research staff associate, IRI, at Columbia University said the training had been beneficial.
“The participants were hard-working (and) I hope they will apply this knowledge in their working places,” she said.
Other speakers at the training program included Dr Timothy J Krupnik, senior scientist and System Agronomist at CMMYT.