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‘Nature-based solution a must to meet challenges’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 8 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin on Thursday said nature-based approach is the most effective way to confront the inter-related challenges of pandemic, biodiversity loss, climate change and achieving sustainable development.

“Bangladesh is putting sincere efforts into achieving sustainable development goals, placing climate, nature and development at its heart. The government has adopted a Green Growth Strategy in its 8th Five Year Plan and Bangladesh Perspective Plan 2021-2041 to harmonise economic growth with better environmental sustainability to create a Climate Resilient Nation,” he said.

The minister made the remarks while speaking virtually at the Fourth United Nations Environment Program Session of the Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific held on Thursday at Suwon, Republic of Korea, said a press release of the ministry.

Environment and Climate Change Ministers of Asia pacific region delivered speeches on the occasion.

Shahab Uddin said the government has also adopted the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 to achieve a safe, climate-resilient and prosperous delta with a mission to ensure long term water and food security, economic growth, environmental sustainability, and effectively reducing vulnerability and building resilience to climate change. 

To reduce GHG emissions, Bangladesh revised and submitted Enhanced Updated NDCs on August 26 this year, enhancing both unconditional and conditional contributions with ambitious quantifiable mitigation targets.   

The minister also said Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan 2030, finalised by Bangladesh, has duly recognised the co-benefits of maximizing share of renewable energy, enhancing energy efficiency, giving importance on climate resilient nature based approaches of development and due consideration on Locally Led Adaptation.

The country is also working on implementing its sectoral policies and action plans, like Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, Country Investment Plan on Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, Renewable Energy Roadmap, Plastic Waste Management Action Plan, etc.