Environment Minister Mohammad Shahabuddin on Sunday said the government is fully prepared to combat the effects of global warming and climate change.
“Our country is not hugely responsible for the global climate change. We just fill and pollute rivers, and cut trees. These are not hugely responsible for climate change. The developed countries are responsible for a huge carbon emission that affects the climate,” the minister said while addressing a seminar at Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) headquarters at Agargaon in the city.He said his government has chalked out elaborate plans to combat the impact of climate change, adding that a committee comprises 14 ministries is working to implement the plans.
The minister also said the local administration should get involved with the initiatives taken by the private sector in this regard.
“No one will be left behind. The government is working combat climate change as part of its sustainable development agenda reflected in the sustainable development goals (SDGs),” Shahabuddin said.
PKSF chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad presided over the seminar.
“We are destroying the nature and nature is not taking revenge on us,” Dr Kholiquzzaman said, adding that the economy might face drawbacks unless plans are taken to combat the impact of climate change.
He also stressed the need for well-planned initiatives, efficient implementation and proper use of internal resources to achieve the SDGs. Skilled manpower, sufficient collaboration and continuous monitoring are needed for this, he added.Dr Sultan Ahmed, director general of Department of Environment, presented the keynote and highlighted the initiatives taken by the government to fight the effects of climate change in Bangladesh.
Dr Mohammad Asaduzzaman, former director (research) of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, said Bangladesh is facing the impact of climate change.
“Many plans have been taken, but the implementation moving at a snail’s pace,” he added.
In his welcome speech, Abdul Karim, managing director of PKSF, said PKSF is assisting the government in its efforts to achieve the SDG targets.