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Fifth Gobeshona international conference begins in Dhaka

  • Published at 12:50 am January 9th, 2019
5th Gobeshona International Conference_Mahmud Hossain Opu
Speakers at the 5th Gobeshona International Conference at Independent University in Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Gobeshona is a knowledge sharing platform for climate change research on Bangladesh

A four day long 5th Gobeshona International Conference began at the Independent University in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Gobeshona is a knowledge sharing platform for climate change research on Bangladesh.

Local (Bangladesh) and international experts, researchers, academics and students of climate change participated in the conference.  

Dr Atiq Rahman, Executive Director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)as special guest inaugurated the conference.

Speaking at the opening session he said “Bangladesh is on the forefront of Climate Adaptation, but challenges remain in institutionalizing climate change into governance structure”. 

“Research for climate change in Bangladesh has to be relevant, appropriate and achievable. Science research based policy for the people particularly who are most vulnerable, has to be the core objective to build a climate resilient Bangladesh” he added. 

Emphasizing on youth researchers Dr Atiq said, “Young researchers are the future of our nation and the Gobeshona platform upholds their spirits. By effectively engaging them in key research questions, such as how to make climate resilient Bangladesh, these young researchers can become leading scientists of tomorrow”. 

Edith Ofwona Adra, senior program specialist at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) explaining her concern about future climate change, said “Even the 1.5 degree (rise of temperature) scenario by 2040 means that two thirds of the deltas all over the world will be flooded and large number of people will be displaced, making people particularly women more vulnerable during climatic events. As the severity of internal migration is more than that of international migration, a shift of thinking is needed in this regard”

“Bangladesh is the most innovative country when it comes to work on Climate Change,” he added.

Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) gave an overview of the progress made on the previous year’s pledges. 

While talking to the Dhaka Tribune Dr Huq said: “In every conference we find some issues which are important on climate knowledge and improvement. We discuss them in the next conference asa follow-up for progress.”

“Considering the knowledgegained in the previous four events, the Gobeshona,this year,becomes an international conference with the theme ‘Climate Knowledge’ serving its purpose to report back the knowledge and initiatives that has been conducted at the field level both nationally and internationally in this designated platform” he said.

The four-day-long conference will conclude on January11. The first three days of the conference have been designated as the Science Conference and the concluding day is selected for the Science Policy Dialogue. 

This year, the conference also includes a pre and post conference youth day,where 20 students from different public and private universities (across Bangladesh) along with two international participants from Nepal and Bhutan will participate to coordinate and brainstorm on how to engage the Youth of the Global South in taking action on climate change issues.