Experts at a seminar on Saturday said Bangladesh will face serious trouble achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if global temperatures continue to rise in the face of global warming brought on by man-made climate change.
They also said it is extremely important to keep the average global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius of the average from pre-industrial times, to avoid many of the catastrophic impacts and additional costs when compared to say a 2 degrees Celsius rise.
The experts came up with the observations at a seminar to launch a report titled ‘Enhanced Climate Action in Response to the Risks of Crossing the Edge of 1.5°C of Global Warming: Scaling-Up Nationally Determined Contribution’ at the Daily Star Bhaban.
Christian Commission for Development (CCDB) organised the seminar with PKSF Chairman Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad in the chair, according to a press release.
Thomas Hirsch, Chief Executive of Germany-based Climate and Development Advice, Germany -the lead author of the report, presented the overview on the urgency of ratcheting up the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of all countries in view of the intolerable risks to sustainable development if global warming exceeds 1.5°.
Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive, Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD) and also the author of the Bangladesh Chapter for the report, provided an in-depth analysis on potential sectors which could be included or extended in Bangladesh’s NDC.
He also observed that even a 1 degree rise would see Bangladesh face serious difficulties in achieving the SDGs and the adaptation cost will be substantially higher.
Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said it is important to understand the difficulties faced by those on the frontline of climate change, living in coastal areas and chars, where the nproblems are really different for each person and where high level adaptation planning cannot be functional without considering the social context.
Hafijul Islam Khan, Director of CCJ-B, proposed establishing a “Climate Change Commission” in Bangladesh to act effectively on climate change.