Holistic approach is vital to combat climate change

28 March 2011 | News story

Government, industry, community groups, individuals and all sections of the community have a part to play in responding to climate change, experts said at a discussion on 24 March 2011.

The observations came at a seminar titled 'Dissemination of Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2009 and Progress of Implementation' organized by IUCN, on behalf of the Bangladesh Ministry of Environment and Forests, with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

The  Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2009 will form an integral part of the upcoming sixth Five Year Plan of Government of Bangladesh. The Five Year Plan is envisaged as a ‘living document’, altered according to the emerging development needs of the country.

Mesbah ul Alam, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Forests and chief guest of the seminar said, “The overwhelming evidence of global warming and consequent impacts on climate have compelled Bangladesh to take action and look at the current anthropogenic activities, infrastructure and organizational framework that govern the decisions. A national strategy for climate change adaptation is a necessary course of action.”

Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Coordinator of the National Climate Change Negotiation Team added, "Due to climate change, the salinity of water and the intensity of drought and rainfall are likely to increase and we must take the issue seriously and take immediate action."

Munjurul Hannan Khan, Deputy Secretary (Environment) to the Ministry of Environment and Forests presented the keynote paper titled 'Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy And Action Plan 2009: A summary and Progress Update'. Professor Dr Niaz Ahmad Khan, Country Representaive of IUCN Bangaldesh chaired the seminar and also gave the welcome remarks. Noted climate change expert Dr Ainun Nishat moderated the open discussion.

The seminar was attended by a large audience comprising of researchers, environmentalists, academia, civil society members, government officials, development partner representatives and media.