This document summarizes key action points which will reflect Gobeshona Conference 2020’s theme “Research into Action”. All actions were collected from the sessions from day 4 and addressed key points from the various topics covered by session hosts and presenters.
SESSION 01: ICCCAD, IRI, BMD and CIMMYT on Bangladesh Academy for Climate Services (BACS) and its Vision: A Model for Exploring Climate Services
- Most decisions are public/private sector driven based on recent climatic data: responses are geared towards immediate challenges or planning for the short-term future (days / months / few years ahead); However climate anomaly/variability is hard to predict and might be different than what has been predicted; Actions should reflect different scenarios rather than a single scenario.
- There should be a formal and effective method of data sharing to ensure data are not duplicated between institutions
- Better connections between data users and providers to improve tailored information
- Private sector should be more proactive in the climate services sector to improve activities in support of climate services projects
SESSION 02: ICCCAD on Enhancing climate finance governance in Bangladesh
- The current climate finance monitoring tool, Measurable Reportable Verifiable (MRV) system needs to be improved for better accuracy and transparency of data
- Resources allocated for this sector are often misused. Better accountability from the government’s side should be implemented
- Government’s monitoring for this sector should be improved
- Multiple actors have insufficient institutional coordination between each other. Better coordination is required to develop liability between these actors
- Lack of people’s participation in this sector causes legality and transparency issues which should be solved moving forward
SESSION 03: ICCCAD on Developing Capacity for Climate Action
- A new model of capacity building is crucially needed to create effective and sustainable capacity-building that engages stakeholders at all levels.
- Universities can serve as primary knowledge brokers for knowledge on climate change and actions to address.
- Gender in particular needs to be considered in planning for climate change, which must include women’s participation in decision-making, capacity building, and creating gender-sensitive implementation.
- There are many challenges to connecting academics with policy-makers, so initiatives and spaces for interaction to promote evidence-based policy-making need to be built.
- The ability of academics to communicate and engage with local communities must be improved, and community-led teaching environments can be considered a promising model.
SESSION 04: UNEP, UNDP on Research/Policy Interface for National Adaptation Plan
- Adaptation financing requires a concrete evidence base for the planning methodologies
- Strengthening institutional mechanisms and capacity is crucial in handling adaptation policies, strategies and blueprint.
- Monitoring and Evaluation systems for adaptation and the evaluation of impacts of adaptation actions needs to be enhanced for long term effectiveness and transparency
- National Adaptation Plan (NAP) planning should be integrated into the national, sectoral and local plans and budgets
- Investments from domestic, vertical and bilateral funds should be scaled; more facilitation is required for the private sectors involvement
- Universities should be given a platform in the planning process for the future planning
SESSION 05: ICCCAD on Measuring the Effectiveness of Adaptation Interventions
- With a Global Goal on Adaptation in the Paris Agreement and growing work on adaptation at the community level, there is an urgent need to develop tools to measure the effectiveness of adaptation interventions.
- Enhanced coordination among relevant stakeholders involved in adaptation to create comprehensive and uniform measures that capture quantitative and qualitative progress on adaptation is needed.
- In Bangladesh, there are several efforts being undertaken by research organizations, NGOs, and the government to create tools, exemplified by the ICAT project, the BCCT M&E efforts, the mapping tools used in the CCCP project, and the CFTM project.
- Bottom-up approaches to measuring adaptation efforts, in which groups develop their own goals for adaptation and monitor their progress toward achieving them should also be considered.
- Adaptation efforts should be locally specific, but with common elements that can be shared and aggregated across countries.