Calls for nature-based solutions for coastal risk reduction

Diplomatic Correspondent

26 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has laid stress on the integration of nature-based solutions into coastal zone management strategies and other relevant policies instrumental in reducing risks and improving resilience of the coast.

He also uttered the importance to learn on applying nature-based solutions in enhancing resilience to disasters and climate change.

He made the remarks while inaugurating a three-day IORA Blue Carbon Hub think tank meeting “Nature-based solutions for coastal risk reduction” organized by the governments of Bangladesh and Australia in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and IORA Blue Carbon Hub on Tuesday.

Secretary Maritime Affairs Unit of the Foreign Ministry Rear Admiral (Retd) Md Khurshed Alam chaired the opening session. Around hundred participants joined the opening day of the meeting. 

In his opening remarks, Momen said the nature-based solutions as a cost-effective approach that utilizes ecosystems and biodiversity services for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and provides a range of co-benefits like sustainable livelihoods and food, water and energy security.

He called for crafting specific policy on nature-based solution that encompass most of the available relevant and appropriate concepts including ecological engineering/catchment systems engineering, green/blue infrastructure, ecosystem approach, ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation, ecosystem service framework, and natural capital.

Momen intimated the participants regarding the government’s different initiatives in establishing Climate Change Trust Fund under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; hosting the South Asian Office of Global Centre on Adaptation; adopting Planetary Emergency Resolution; establishing green belt along the coast; establishing plantations in homesteads and embankments; and initiating Coastal Development Strategy.

He also highlighted Bangladesh’s Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan that seek to build a medium-to long-term programme for enhancing resilience to climate shocks and facilitating low-carbon, sustainable growth, including blue growth as linked to coastal ecosystems such as mangrove conservation and coastal resilience.