Call to ensure transparency in climate budget

Metro Desk

19th June, 2019 11:23:02 printer

Bangladesh Climate Action Forum (BCAF), an association of 42 non-government organisations (NGOs), civil society and journalist forums, has called for increasing transparency and good governance for climate on the proposed budget of the fiscal year 2019-20.

Executive Director of Network on Climate Change in Bangladesh (NCC) Mizanur Rahman Bijoy on Wednesday, on behalf of the forum, came up with their five-point recommendation at a press conference held at the Jahur Hossain Cowdhury Hall of Jatiya Press Club in the capital, said a press release.  

Among others, president of Bangladesh Environment Journalist Forum and former general secretary of the press club Kamrul Islam Chowdhury, member secretary of the UnnyanDhara Trust Aminur Rasul and Tanjir Hossain of ActionAid Bangladesh spoke in the conference.

In a written statement, they said that the allocation in the national budget for 25 ministries for climate has increased by 0.15 percent from the fiscal year 2015-16 to 2019-20.

But it is not satisfactory for climate, the civil society claims.

Their five-point demand includes at least one percent of GDP allocation to combat the impact of climate change, to increase transparency, accountability and effective initiatives in climate finance and the ‘Climate Change Trust Act 2010’ should be changed to form a ‘Climate Commission’ headed by the Prime Minister, climate fund should be spent by applying ‘Green Tax’ or ‘Carbon Tax’, separate ‘local climate fiscal framework’ and the climate funding under the National Climate Commission, and  to initiate special programme for climate refugees.