A coalition of development organizations is set to hold a token tribunal called the National Climate Hearing in Dhaka on Friday. The focus of this year’s event will be on “embankment management in the context of anthropogenic climate change.”
The coalition, named Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), has been organizing the event since 2009. This year's event is the third edition of the National Climate Hearing.
The hearing took place for the first time on December 4, 2009, and then again on November 8, 2010.
The program will feature a dummy tribunal, where three plaintifs from Gaibandha, Khulna and Satkhira districts will raise petitions on their suffering caused by global warming.
The jury panel will include lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury and former banker Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled. The verdicts will be declared by academicians Dr Jahangir Alam Khan and Dr Mahbuba Nasreen.
The tribunal will ensure the presence of a few local representatives as well, including two union parishad chairmen from Khulna and Satkhira, and one counselor from Gaibandha.
The program will be held on Friday, February 2, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) Auditorium in Ramna, Dhaka.