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Stress on country-driven adaptation plan

Natural resource management is the key to effective national adaptation plan, experts say

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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As the world faces climate change, the adaptation should be based on specific needs of a country, said experts.

At the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) formulation consortium discussion on Monday, they laid emphasis on appropriate natural resource management for an effective NAP.

“Adaptation is a global challenge, but it has to be country-driven to address our problems. We have to take it to the sub-national and local level to address local issues,” said Professor Dr Ainun Nishat, team leader of the NAP formulation consortium.

“For successful implementation, we have to build our capacity and mobilise domestic, multilateral and bilateral resources” he added.

Prof Nishat also discussed about the changing patterns of the climate and associated risks on food security, salinity intrusion, livelihood, increasing temperature.

Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) deputy director Dr Syed Rafiqul Amin said, “We need to mainstream natural resource management and climate-resilient agricultural practices into the NAP formulation process.”

He further stated that such initiatives would require a proper demonstration to the farmers.

Department of Environment (DoE) director in Chattogram Mohammad Nurullah Noori said, “Our adaptation effort must integrate a plan to protect the ocean ecosystem particularly from oil spillage and carbon dioxide emission.”

He said undertaking such initiative would eventually help sustaining the livelihood of many people particularly the fishermen.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Economic Relations Division (ERD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) organised the virtual district level consultation on the formulation of the NAP.

The Consultation focused on eliciting views and recommendations from the experts and practitioners on the adaptation plan for the Chattogram district.

 The district has been selected considering the frequency and intensity of climate-induced disasters such as cyclones, landslides, monsoonal climate, tidal flood and coastal erosion.

Speaking as the chief guest, additional secretary (Climate Change Wing) Md Mizanul Hoque Chowdhury at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said, “NAP has been aligned with our national priorities and agenda.”

“We are conducting local and national level consultation to gather views and opinions on existing adaptation practices at the local level,” he said.

More than 60 representatives from different ministries and departments, local government representatives, civil society representatives, sectoral experts, professionals and academia attended the event.

The participants provided their comments and feedback to enrich the plan with locally specific climate adversities and adaptation needs.

Findings from previous and future consultations will all be incorporated into the NAP which will encompass existing adaptation measures and possible approaches to address adaptation needs and minimise the existing gaps.