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Climate change: Experts call for ecosystem-based adaptation

  • Published at 12:29 am September 14th, 2018
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Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Secretary Md. Raisul Alam Mondal addressed the program

Climate experts have urged the government and policymakers to integrate an ecosystem based approach to adaptation (EBA) in national climate related policies to address adverse impact of climate change.

The experts came up with the suggestion on Thursday while addressing a policy dialogue on “Ecosystem based Approaches to Adaptation (EBA) to Climate Change Effects” at the Department of Fisheries (DoF) in the city.

Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Secretary Md. Raisul Alam Mondal addressed the program as the chief guest while Dr. Atiq Rahman, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) chaired the program, reports UNB.

With financial support from the German Government (BMUB) the research project has been running in 12 countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Kenya, Mali, South Africa and Uganda from 2015 to 2019.

The objective of the project is to assess the evidence of EBA effectiveness, find out gaps and ways to address the national and international policies and planning process to integrate EBA in the policies.

EBA is mainly using natural resources, ecosystem services, land management principles and nature to help people in adapting the adverse impact of climate change.

Researchers- Senior fellow of BCAS Md. Liaquat Ali and Professor of Department of Fisheries of Dhaka University Monirul Islam conducted an assessment on Bangladesh's probability and prospect regarding EBA, investigating its policies and strategies.

"Bangladesh is doing well in climate change adaptation but the EBA is being ignored and unaddressed in our policies, even there is no specific mention of it in the government policies," said Prof Monirul Islam.

"However, it has been reported by the planning cell of Department of Environment (DoE) that they are going to include EBA in the NEP 2013. But other national policies (Fisheries, Livestock, Forestry and Water Resource) have not incorporated climate change, climate mitigation and adaptation in their national policies", he added.

The other experts agreed that in order to make the earth safe for the people, biodiversity needs to be protected and Bangladesh should include EBA in its policy immediately.

The speakers also urged to ensure inter-departmental and sectoral co-relation to make the process smoother.