The government should emphasise on bringing into mainstream the community based adaptation in both national and local level planning to tackle the negative impacts of climate change, experts said yesterday.
They also suggested using local knowledge and practices while taking initiatives to tackle the impacts of climate change.
The observation came from the concluding session of the 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, held at the city’s Ruposhi Bangla hotel from April 22-25.
The four-day session discussed on 24 thematic areas including adaptation on water, agriculture and urban sectors towards tackling climate change.
“The planning should come on the basis of priority and local needs, along with utilisation of their knowledge so that the community can adopt the best practices regarding adaptation,” said Atiq Rahman, executive director of Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS).
“In the case of Bangladesh, the adaptation on water and agriculture should be the highest prioritised area as most people of the country are directly or indirectly dependent on those,” Atiq Rahman added.
Bangladesh is the worst of the victims of global warming though it contributes very little to the global carbon dioxide emission.
“Some of the projects in the country initiated to tackle climate change has set a good example of the best practices in the local level,” Golam Rabbani, research fellow of BCAS said, adding as an example the names of the projects involved in the distribution and management of fresh drinking water in the Sathkhira region.
The conference was jointly organised by BCAS and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). The organisers have been arranging the conference on Community-Based Adaptation since 2005.
Shafiqur Rahman Patwari, secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Saleemul Huq of IIED, Pauline Tamesis, country director of UNDP Bangladesh and Mary Robinson of Mary Robinson Foundation were present among the discussants at the programme.