Bangladesh wins Water ChangeMaker Award

Staff Correspondent

27 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has won the People’s Choice Award of the global Water ChangeMaker Awards during the Climate Adaptation Summit.

The country became the champion in the people’s choice category of the prestigious awards announced on January 25.

The global event styled ‘Climate Adaptation Summit 2021’ was hosted by the Netherlands to discuss and decide on key actions for climate adaptation and is convening global leaders and local stakeholders from all around the world, said a press release on Tuesday. The conference sets out to develop a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda with clear commitments to deliver new endeavours and partnerships to make the world more resilient to the effects of climate change, it said.

Global Water Partnership (GWP) initiated the Water ChangeMaker Awards to share grassroots experiences on water decisions contributing to climate resilience.

Mother’s Parliament (MP) from southwest coastal belt in Bangladesh has been the champion. Mother’s Parliament advocates for climate resilient WASH facilities and was one of the 350 applicants.

The Bangladesh entry, one of the 78 inspiring semi-finalists in September 2020 which was selected among 12 finalists announced in October 2020, was selected by a jury.

This is an excellent example of local adaptation to climate change, led by local partner DORP and local women leaders.

In order to raise their voice for improved climate resilient water facilities, a space was created to raise their concerns in terms of climate change to be discussed and resolved, through 130 Health Village Groups (HVGs) each consisting of 25 members who work at the village level.

They formed an apex body called Mother’s Parliament (MP), who discusses resilient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) related concerns of communities with local government institutions to advocate and solve issues.

The MP successfully advocates for affordable WASH technology that deals with increased salinity and flooding in their communities due to climate change such as Pond Sand Filter system.

As one of the finalists, they will be called in the Conference of Parties (COP) 26 in Glasgow, the UK in November 2021 to share their journey to develop a climate-resilient community.