Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin on Sunday said Bangladesh is a global role model for combating negative impacts of climate change.
The minister made the statement while speaking as the chief guest at the Knowledge Dissemination and Sustainability Workshop on Integrating Community-based Adaptation to Afforestation and Reforestation organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change at a hotel in the capital.“The government is giving the highest priority to the impact of climate change to continue the development of the country. Sincere efforts are being made to make the country clean and green,” he said.
Bangladesh has attracted the global attention through various successful climate adaptation activities under self-financed Climate Change Trust Fund, he said. The minister said the Community Based Adaptation Program for Coastal Forestry and Reforestation of Bangladesh (ICBAAR) implemented by the Forest Department is one of the most successful adaptation projects in South Asia.
Under this project, 3FV (Forest, Fruit, Fish, Vegetables) models and other innovative adventure activities implemented in 8 upazilas of 5 coastal districts of the country have been appreciated internationally.
Coastal utility, climate tolerant, innovative, natural and eco-based livelihood activities have been conducted over the past four years by analyzing experiments, expert and local opinions and results under the ICBAAR project.
These activities have created and conserved coastal green belts with the utmost importance on mitigating the effects of climate change with the participation and management of local coastal communities.
Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ziaul Hasan presided over the workshop.Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Begum Habibun Nahar, Additional Secretary of the ministry and National Project Director of the project Mahmud Hasan, Additional Secretary Ahmed Shamim Al Razi, Chief Conservator of forests Md Amir Hosain Chowdhury and UNDP Resident Representative Sudipto Mukherjee were present as the special guests.
Two books, written after carrying out effectiveness and efficiency studies implemented through the projects titled “Climate Resilient and Ecosystem-based Coastal Livelihoods” and “Nursery Raising, Planting Techniques and Plantation Management of Climate Resilient Mangrove Species in Bangladesh”, have been launched in the workshop.