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Call for concerted effort to address climate change issues

Update : 23 Mar 2014, 08:16 PM

A coordinated approach is necessary to properly face climate change issues, discussants said at a roundtable yesterday.

They observed that success in climate change project would be difficult without a coordinated approach by all organisations working to address climate issues.

The observations came at the roundtable titled “Climate change, global problem, local action: A Bangladesh case study”.

Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP) organised the discussion at the city’s Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific auditorium. 

In his address, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation Chairman Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said there should be coordination of climate change programmes among the government ministries.

“Every ministry should have a cell which will work for coordination,” he said. 

Kholiquzzaman called for a probe into different programmes in the name of climate change.

Some organisations managed funds from donors and hired foreign consultants to run projects which would not bring any good for the country, he added.

“But the fund is taken using the name of Bangladesh.”

The NGO activist emphasised involving mass people in the climate change issues and said the civil society could play an important role in ensuring people’s involvement.

Oxfam Country Director Snehal Soneji said the fund for mitigation and adaptation to climate change might be seen as a big chunk of money, but considering economic loss in the wake of disaster, it would not seem to be a big amount.

Snehal also emphasised accountability, saying that whether it is a state or non-state organisation, accountability is one of the major factors that should be concerned with.   

PKSF Managing Director Abdul Karim said the world community praised the adaptation programmes Bangladesh had taken up.

He called for more funds to develop infrastructure for making climate change programme a success.

BUP Vice-Chairman Rezaul Karim said Bangladesh’s policy regarding climate change adaptation was on the right track, but infrastructure development and more research were required to make the programme successful.  

With the help of government trust fund, the BUP is operating a project in 20 upazilas of 20 districts in the country.

Under the project, solar panel was given to the poor at free of cost.

Some of the beneficiaries were present at the programme.

In their address, they spoke of how solar energy changed their lives and was helping their children study.

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