In Bangladesh, climate change, natural resource exploitation, and natural disaster pose a serious threat to the environment which could be the impediment in order to reach the target of SDG.
Solutions are inevitable to tackle the adverse impacts of these drivers. To counter the situation, a cross-sectoral, the whole of government investment framework and a county-driven investment programme have been developed named “Country Investment Plan for Environment, Forestry and Climate Change” by Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) under the project titled “Strengthening the Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Capacities of the Ministry of Environment and Forests and its Agencies” on 13th December 2017 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka.
This is a five-year plan which will be implemented from 2016 to 2021. Development of this programme took two years to develop and was funded by USAID with technical assistance from FAO. Total 170 projects were identified having the direct relation to the environment, forestry and climate change. Climate change adaptation, mitigation, environmental resilience, environmental governance, reduction of pollution and management of natural resources have been selected as the main investment areas. About 11.7 billion USD will be required to implement the five-year programme.
The chief guest of this programme was Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal. Forest minister Anwar Hossain Manju, USAID Bangladesh Mission director Janina Jaruzelski, FAO representative in Bangladesh David Doolan, and deputy minister for environment and forests Abdullah-Al Islam Jacob joined the ceremony as special guests. This event was chaired by Muhammad Ziaur Rahman, Additional Secretary of MoEF.