Bangladesh has formulated Delta Plan 2100 in a bid to end poverty in the country and build a prosperous nation, speakers at a webinar said on Thursday.
The observation came at the webinar on ‘Trajectories towards Resilient Cities in Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100—the Urban Challenges.”Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Bangladesh (BSMRMU) in partnership with NUFFIC, Netherlands organised the event.
The welcome address was delivered by Vice-Chancellor of the University Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal (retd).
Chris Zevenbergen and Dr William Veerbeek from IHE Delft, Netherlands and Dr M Shah Alam Khan and Dr Shayer Ghafur from BUET presented papers at the webinar.
BSMRMU faculty and students along with delegates from other universities and organization attended the webinar online.
The government adopted the Delta Plan 2100 on September 04, 2018. It has short (2018-2030), medium (2031-2050) and long term (2051-2100) goals.
The plan envisages to achieve safe, climate resilient and prosperous Delta to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030, achieve upper middle income country status by 2030 and be a prosperous nation beyond 2041. It eyes to ensure long term water and food security, economic growth and environmental sustainability while effectively reducing vulnerability to natural disasters and building resilience to climate change and other delta challenges through robust, adaptive and integrated strategies, and equitable water governance.The government is implementing 80 projects is six hotspots with an estimated cost of $37.5 billion in the first phase of the plan. It is expected add 1.5 percent to GDP growth by 2030.
Specific goals seek to ensure safety from floods and climate change related disasters; enhance water security and efficiency of water usages; ensure sustainable and integrated river systems and estuaries management; conserve and preserve wetlands and ecosystems and promote their wise use; develop effective institutions an- d equitable governance for in-country and trans-boundary water resources management; and achieve optimal and integrated use of land and water resources.
Strategies for implementing the plan have been developed at 3 Levels: national level, hotspot level and cross-cutting issue.