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‘Incorporate climate change adaptive measures into policies’

Update : 13 Feb 2014, 07:26 PM

Adaptive measures for tackling the impact of climate change should be incorporated within the policies of the country, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.

Participants of the programme titled “National Workshop on Developing and Mainstreaming Climate Resilient Policies in Bangladesh” also emphasised on the need for implementing the existing policies.

The major policies that play an important role in taking adaptive measures on climate change include the National Forest Policy 1994, National Land Use Policy 2001, Coastal Zone Policy 2005 and National Environment Policy 1992, speakers said at the workshop in the capital’s Cirdap auditorium.

“Most of the policies do not mention the climate change issue, thus creating various kinds of obstacles while taking adaptive measures,” said Mohammad Aminur Rahman Shah, a programme officer of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

However, Sultan Ahmed, director (natural resources management) of the Department of Environment (DoE), said the issue was absent in the national environment policy because climate change was not a concern when the policy was formulated some 20 years ago.

The DoE has almost finalised the draft of the revised National Environment Policy 2014, where the climate change issue has been incorporated, he added.

Shiekh Mizanur Rahman, deputy conservator of forests, also said the changing pattern of the country’s climate left some gaps in the existing forest policy regarding new conservation aspects, which would be now be reconsidered in the revised policy.

In a bid to achieve long-term benefits, various policies need to be synchronised after incorporating the climate change issue, Mizanur said.

The participants, most of whom were government officials, expressed concerns over the lack of coordination among the national policies.

Citing an example, DoE Director Sultan said officials concerned often had trouble improving the coastal afforestation in the Teknaf peninsula with a certain type of tree, which grew well in the sand but also harmed the ecosystem of sea turtles.

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