The 2nd stakeholders’ consultation workshop on loss and damage work programme for Bangladesh held in Dhaka on 30 June 2012. This workshop discussed diverse issues related to loss and damage in the context of climate change and delivered a set of policy recommendations for a work programme for Bangladesh and other LDCs. Please find related papers of the workshop. Read more …
CPRD, in association with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of the Government of Bangladesh, organized a national level workshop to develop country position and roadmap on the issues related to ‘Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas’ to be held in Bhutan later this year.
Mr. Monwarul Islam, ndc, Director General, Department of Environment, was the Chief Guest and Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman PKSF presided over the workshop.
The consultative meeting aimed at getting the perceptions of the participants on the key issues related to climate change adaptation with regard to water, food and livelihood, energy, and biodiversity in the Eastern Himalayas which should be addressed by the roadmap and in defining roles and responsibilities at regional and local/country level.
Under the leadership of The Royal Government of Bhutan countries lying in the southern slopes of the Himalayas e.g. Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan, as well as representatives of the civil societies and academia from this region aimed to commonly develop and agree on a roadmap for adapting to climate change in the southern slope of the Eastern Himalayas, which is to be ratified at the Bhutan Climate Change Summit for a Living Himalayas in October 2011. The following key areas of proposed actions will be addressed by this roadmap.
- Securing the natural freshwater systems of the Himalayas;
- Ensuring food security and securing livelihoods;
- Ensuring energy security and enhancing alternate technologies; and
- Securing biodiversity and ensuring its sustainable use
CPRD, with the support of British High Commission, Dhaka, implemented a research project to examine the long term variability of the sea surface temperature over the Bay of Bengal, distribution and frequency of tropical cyclone including depressions, and their impact on the coastal fishing communities. The research findings have been shared in a national seminar on 16 July in Dhaka. Mr Mesbah ul Alam, Secretary, MoEF was the chief guest in the seminar, while Mr Nick Low, Deputy High Commissioner, the British High Commission, Dhaka and Mr Jorge Nieto, First Secretary, Delegation of the EU were present as special guests. Dr Seleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD presided over the seminar.
Analysis of SST over the period 1985-2009 showed that Night time SST to increase at a much faster rate than the Daytime SST. It has increased by 0.30-0.48° Celsius since 1985 at rates between 0.0126° and 0.0203° per year. Daytime SST is also found to have registered increase everywhere, ranging from 0.20° to 0.46° Celsius during the period, annual rate ranging from 0.0086 to 0.0191°. Prof. Sayedur Rahman, the lead researcher of this study said ‘If the trends found in this study are the true long term trends and the temperature increase continues in the future at similar rates we would expect a rise of Night time SST in the Bay of Bengal from 0.5° to 0.8 ° Celsius and daytime SST from 0.35° to 0.72° Celsius by 2050’.
Dr Shahadat Hossain, a member of this study team, said that the tropical cyclones during the last 25 year period have registered an increase in annual frequency by 0.0492 cyclones per year. During this period Bay of Bengal has produced on average 5.48 storms per year or once every 9.49 weeks. With an increasing rate above, we may experience a frequency of 7.94 storms per year or once every 6.54 weeks.
Md Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive, CPRD said though the coastal fishers are increasingly facing loss of livelihood opportunities due to ‘rough sea events’ but these are yet to be addressed in the national policy and strategy documents on climate change disaster risk reduction e.g. NAPA, BCCSAP etc.
Mr Nick Low, Deputy High Commissioner, the British High Commission, Special guest to this seminar hopes that national Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation policies will undertake appropriate programmes to reduce risks and livelihood vulnerabilities of the marginalized professional groups, what they are facing now, and will be facing increasingly in the coming years. Another special guest Mr Jorge Nieto, First Secretary, Delegation of the EU also emphasized on undertaking appropriate policies and programmes to reduce risk and vulnerabilities of people of this marginalized professional group
Mr Mesbah ul Alam, Secretary, MoEF and chief guest to the study sharing seminar said that the study findings and recommendation will serve as reference to show-up country’s vulnerability, especially vulnerability of a marginalized professional group of the country, to the global policy discourses and climate change negotiation at the UNFCCC process.
I hope that the international policy discussion as well as negotiation on climate change, especially the Loss and Damage Work Programme of the UNFCCC process will consider this issue, said Dr Saleemul Huq, who chaired and moderated the seminar.
To scope diverse issues related to loss and damage and to deliver a set of policy recommendations for a loss and damage Work Programme for Bangladesh, Center for icipatory Research and Development-CPRD, in association with Germanwatch, United Nations University, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative and ICCCAD, organized a stakeholder Consultation Workshop titled “Loss and Damage Work Programme for Bangladesh: Issues and Context” at BRAC Centre Inn, 75 Mohakhli, Dhaka on 30 June 2012. Mr Monowar Islam, Director General, Department of Environment was present in the workshop as the chief guest while Dr Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University presided over the workshop. Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director ICCCAD discussed loss and damage in the context of national adaptation as well as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policy and programmes.
Reality of Aid Network organized a regional conference on development model and CSOs strategizing session on Rio+20 where Md Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive of CPRD made a presentation on climate finance.
On CPRD organized an expert level workshop at the BRAC University conference room to re-visit and finalize the methodology for the study titled ‘causes and consequences of human displacement and migration from the climate hot-spots’. Dr Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University chaired the workshop while Md Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive, CPRD presented the study methodology for having expert feedback on the methodology proposed for the study.Experts from different government and non-government organizations took part in the discussion and expressed their views in finalizing the methodology; the discussants includes, S M Munjurul Hannan Khan, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Environment, University of Dhaka, Ms Ferdous Jahan and Ershadul Kader of BRAC University, Tanjir Hossain, Jahedul Haque and Azmarina Tanzir of ActionAid Bangladesh, Atiqul Haque, Forruq Rahman and Sabnam Sarmin of CPRD.