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Capacity building project for climate fund begins

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  • 18 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Capacity building project for climate fund begins

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The government has launched a capacity building project at institutional level to empower officers in project development and bring more supports from the green climate fund.

Addressing the opening session of the programme on Sunday, Public Administration Ministry’s senior secretary KM Ali Azam directed the officials of 16 departments to improve reporting for new GCF projects.

 State-run Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) organized a two-week training programme on this occasion, titled “Green Climate Fund-Modalities and Procedures”.

It was held at the National Institute of Local Government (NILG) in the capital’s Agargaon.

Some 25 representatives from 16 departments of the government are taking part in the two-week long course for improving reporting on climate issues.

“The officials have to acquire comprehensive knowledge on green climate as the organizational capacity will help Bangladesh combat negative impacts of climate change through project implementation and availing fund in a stronger way,” said the senior secretary.  He was addressing the meeting virtually.

The United Nations-based Green Climate Fund (GCF) is an operating entity of the financial mechanism to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.

Connecting to the meeting, Economic Relations Division (ERD) secretary Fatima Yasmin said that the government has been running Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund in its very own effort since 2009.  

PKSF managing director Dr Nomita Halder said the developed countries are yet to fulfill the pledge made for climate resilience fund to Bangladesh as the country stands at sixth in climate vulnerability.

“Around 750 kilometers of coastal belt represent 25 percent of total population in the country connecting 14 districts. For improving livelihood of the community, the government-run projects have to include climate resilience issues for fulfill the GCF conditions,” Nomita, former secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, added.

She also urged the government officials to promote rain water harvesting for supporting the people in north Bengal which struggle for water in dry season.  

As National Implementing Entity, PKSF has been running a GCF funded “Enhanced Community Climate Change Projects – Flood” to improve climate resilient shelters, livelihood, drinking water sources and sanitation system in coaster belt.

The state-run organization signed up with $9.68 million green climate fund in April 2020 which will support the project till April 2024. Bangladesh until now received Tk 351.1 million as a grant from GCF for five projects for improving climate resilience in coastal belt.