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Inter-regional cooperation needed to mitigate climate change

  • Published at 11:29 pm December 24th, 2018
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Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman, center, speaks at a seminar on 'Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100: Implementation challenges and way forward' in Dhaka on Monday; December 24, 2018 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The government approved BDP 2100 to harness the huge potentials of the Bangladesh delta through water resource management, ensuring food and water security, and confronting disasters

Speakers on Monday emphasized on better regional cooperation for the proper implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100.

Mashiur Rahman, economic affairs adviser to the prime minister, said cooperation for the delta plan among neighbouring countries, including India, Bhutan and Nepal, would be mutually beneficial.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on “Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100: Implementation challenges and way forward”, held at Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), jointly organized by BIISS and General Economic Division (GED), Bangladesh Planning Commission. 

Talking about the advantages of using renewable energy for BDP, he said: "We have emphasized on more energy import, but there has been setbacks on the water issue."

He said the government should have proper water treaties with neighbours so that hydro-power can be used for sustainable development.

Mashiur said since Bangladesh will face some harsh impacts of climate change,the government has taken several initiatives to tackle them.

The government approved BDP 2100 to harness the huge potentials of the Bangladesh delta through water resource management, ensuring food and water security, and confronting disasters.

GED Senior Secretary Shamsul Alam made a keynote presentation and explained the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 in detail.

"The delta plan will be revisited every five to 10 years and restructured accordingly," Alam said, expressing high hopes regarding the projects to be undertaken as part of the implementation process.

"80% of BDP will be publicly funded," he said. The goals set as part of BDP 2100 include poverty elimination and achieving upper middle income status by 2030, and becoming a prosperous country by 2041.

Under the plan, six locations vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters were identified including Barind Tract, Chittagong Hill Tracts, haor and urban areas. 

Later, a panel discussion was held where Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury; International Centre for Climate Change and Development Director Saleemul Huq, and Institute of Water Modeling (IWM) Executive Director M Monowar Hossain, engaged in a dialogue addressing economic considerations; safety from climate change related disaster; enhancing water security; ensuring sustainable and irrigated river systems; preserving wetlands and promoting their wise use.

Director General of BIISS Major General AKM Abdur Rahman delivered the welcome address, while BIISS Board of Governors Chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad presided over the discussion.