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Environment Minister Calls for Increased Climate Funding for Bangladesh

June 6, 2024 10:24 pm
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            Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, urged for increased climate funding for vulnerable countries like Bangladesh. Minister Chowdhury emphasized Bangladesh’s unique position as a “laboratory of climate research.”The country experiences a variety of climate hazards with growing frequency and intensity, impacting various sectors like agriculture, health, and water resources.

            Environment Minister said this during a meeting with Dr. Veronica Doerr, Manager of the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The discussion focused on the interconnectedness of climate change with agriculture, health, and other critical areas.

            Minister Chowdhury highlighted Bangladesh’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) with both conditional and unconditional targets to address climate change. He elaborated on the challenges faced by Bangladesh, including salinity intrusion in coastal areas, rising sea levels, and desertification in the north. He emphasized the government’s comprehensive approach to tackling climate change, including initiatives like rainwater harvesting and early warning systems.

            Dr. Doerr, ACIAR’s Program Manager for Climate Change, expressed Australia’s commitment to supporting Bangladesh in its climate efforts. She acknowledged Bangladesh’s leadership in climate action through its NDC, National Adaptation Plan (NAP), and focus on locally led adaptation strategies. Dr. Doerr also commended Bangladesh’s strong voice in international climate forums.

            Prof. Shahla Hosseini Bai, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia; Prof. Georgette Leah Burns, Griffith University, Australia; Dr. Pratibha Singh, South Asia Regional Manager, Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR), India and Dr. Mrinmoy Guha Neogi, Deputy Project Leader, University of Western Australia were also present in the occasion.