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Research, capacity building must to tackle climate change

  • Published at 01:01 am January 9th, 2017
Research, capacity building must to tackle climate change
They were speaking at the inaugural session of the third annual Gobeshona conference at Independent University. “We need to exchange knowledge’s and best practices from each other to ensure sustainable adaptation as well as development,” said Dr Gregg B Walker, professor of Oregon State University, while addressing his keynote speech at the conference. “The exchange of knowledge should regional and international,” he said adding: “We need to adopt these methods for the sake of the earth as changes in climate means changes in ecosystem and economy of the world.” Regarding the need of capacity building, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCAD) Director Dr Saleemul Huq said that the developing countries including Bangladesh still does not have the capacity to handle the changing pattern of the global climate. According to the 5th Assessment report of Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Bangladesh is identified as being at specific risk from climate change due to its exposure to sea-level rise and extreme events like salinity intrusion, drought, erratic rainfall and tidal surge which will hamper the country’s food as well as livelihood security.
The global communities acknowledged the issue of capacity building as a vital component in tackling climate change. The developed countries has pledged to help build the capacity of the developing counties in this regard
Quoting Article 11 of the Paris Agreement which has adopted in Conference of Parties 21 in Paris in 2015, he said: “The global communities acknowledged the issue of capacity building as a vital component in tackling climate change. The developed countries has pledged to help build the capacity of the developing counties in this regard.” The 4-day long Gobeshona Conference was organized by International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and hosted by Independent University, Bangladesh. Gobeshona is a knowledge network for research on climate change in Bangladesh, aims to make research on climate change more effective and ready for take-up by the practitioners. The annual conference will be continue till January 11, at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). A good number experts and researchers from Bangladesh and abroad has been participating in the 4-days long Gobeshona conference. The Gobeshona conference consists of several plenary sessions and presentations on various sectors including climate change and livelihoods, agriculture, water, health, migration, gender, renewable energy, natural resource management, political economy of climate change, disaster risk reduction, adaptation technologies, urbanization, ecosystem resilience and loss and damage.