Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin said, 113 adaptive actions have been identified to deal with 14 types of disasters by dividing Bangladesh into 11 regions under 8 sectors in the National Adaptation Plan. Of these, 80 are considered high priority and 23 medium priority actions. The activities identified in the adaptation plan will be implemented by 2050, which will require us to finance the equivalent of about US$230 billion. The Minister of Environment said these things in the speech of the chief guest at the workshop titled ‘Consultation Workshop on Dissemination and Brainstorming of NAP Implementation’ organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the auditorium of the Department of Environment.
The workshop was chaired by Environment, Forests and Climate Change Dr. Farhina Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry. Md. Moniruzzaman, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Climate Change, Director General of Department of Environment Dr. Abdul Hamid, Professor Emeritus Dr. Ainun Nishat, Managing Director of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Nurun Nahar Hena and Chief Forest Conservator Md. Amir Hossain Chowdhury spoke. NAP was presented by Dharitri Kumar, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry and Mirza Shaukat Ali, Director, Department of Environment. Also, the officials present provided suggestions on the implementation of NAP.
The Environment Minister said that the plan submitted to the UNFCCC on 31 October 2022 is not only a national report but it will highlight our position in the global arena in terms of climate adaptation. This plan will be implemented by accepting everyone’s valuable opinions.
This National Adaptation Plan will be effective in adopting and implementing long-term integrated adaptation activities to combat climate change in Bangladesh. The National Adaptation Plan identifies specific adaptation needs for Bangladesh and appropriate strategies to implement them.
Shahab Uddin said that in addition to infrastructural development to deal with the impact of climate change, more emphasis will be placed on increasing the adaptive capacity of people in vulnerable areas. Adaptation activities will be adopted and implemented through collective efforts to combat climate change. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change will continue to make joint efforts with various ministries, organizations and stakeholders to ensure climate sustainable development in Bangladesh.