Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD) organized a two-day training titled ‘Addressing Climate Change Induced Loss and Damage: Rhetoric and Reality’ on 27 and 28 September 2017. The training was organized under the scope of the project titled ‘Advocacy to enhance climate justice for the LDCs, Bangladesh in Particular, Under the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage’ Supported by the Bread for the World, Germany. Relevant professionals from NGO’s, researchers and academic institutions, government agencies attended the training and shared their knowledge and expertise on climate change impacts, adaptation requirement, and gap, climate change-induced loss, and damage scenario as well as national and global policy discourses of addressing loss and damage.
In the inauguration of this 3 day training, Mr. Shahadat Hossain, Joint Secretary of NGO Bureau and Mr. Joyanta Adhikari, Executive Director of CCDB spoke on the importance capacity building of the GO/NGO stakeholders on the issues related to climate-induced loss and damage so that they can identify required response measures both in project and policy planning.
In the technical sessions, Md. Shamsuddoha, chief executive of CPRD briefly discussed global national policy responses in addressing climate change. He gave an overview on the key issues of addressing loss and damage as indicated in the Paris Climate Agreement and Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage. Mr. Thomas Hirsch, Executive Director of Climate and Development Advice, Germany as well as Mr. Mirza Shawkat Ali, Director of Climate Change and International Convention, Department of Environment, Bangladesh gave an overview on the Five Year Rolling Plan of the WIM and shared expectation of developing countries from the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) on Loss and Damage.
Dr Nadiruzzaman, (Assistant Professor of Independent University) discussed climate change induced economic and non-economic loss and damage, displacement and migration scenario of Bangladesh.Mr. Mizanur Rahman Bijoy, Member Secretary, Network on Climate Change, Bangladesh shared a documentary on the loss and damage that recently caused due to early flash flood in the Haor areas; Mr. Shashanka Saadi, Head of Emergency Response Programme, BRAC International, shared a risk transfer mechanism that Brac is implementation to address loss and damages of extreme weather event. ,.
Following the technical sessions, Mr Mizanur Rahman, Research Associate, CPRD facilitated two motivating brainstorming sessions to figure out potentials and capacity of training participants and their organizations so that a ‘coordinated mechanism’ and ‘learning sharing platform’ could be established on loss and damage issues. These sessions concluded with the development of a participatory planning on the activities that could be initiated in addressing loss and damage and climate change impacts as a whole.