Speakers at a discussion on Sunday opined that the National Adaption Plan (NAP) will help Bangladesh to reduce its vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate change by having relevant ministries, departments and other stakeholders together for collective and urgent climate action.
The NAP has been considered among the most valuable plan for adapting to climate change, they said.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin addressed the event as the chief guest while Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar, Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh Stefan Liller, Secretary to Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry Farhina Ahmed, Senior Secretary to Water Resources Ministry Kabir Bin Anwar, Economic Relations Division Secretary Sharifa Khan, and Md Kawser Ahmed, member (Secretary), General Economics Division, Planning Commission, also spoke.
The ministries concerned validated the National Adaptation Plan in the workshop after a series of consultation meetings held under the initiatives of the ‘Formulation and Advancement of the National Adaptation Plan Process in Bangladesh’ project of UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Economic Relations Division and supported by the Green Climate Fund.
NAP has been considered among the most valuable Plan for adapting to climate change which helps countries conduct comprehensive medium and long-term climate adaptation planning, depending on adaptation capabilities and activities and integration of climate change in the national decision-making process.
The main objectives of NAP are to reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change by building adaptive capacity and resilience and adaptation to new and existing policies and programmes, especially development strategies.
According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 129 developing countries have initiated their NAP process, of which Bangladesh is not an exception.