Concern Worldwide on Climate Resilient Livelihoods for the extreme poor people living in the context of coastal and char
The plenary session started with the wise words of Mr. Sayeed Mahmud Riyad, head of programme, Concern Worldwide.
It is quite known to most of us that Bangladesh is a vulnerable country in terms of climate change. Among the huge population, the people fighting with poverty suffer the most. In this case, Concern Worldwide deals with the extreme poor people of coastal, haor, char and flood areas. Currently, they are trying to build the resilience program by developing Score Card at coastal context. Mr. Riyad, in his speech, has explained how they are putting importance on natural resources as the most important part of the resilience program. He concluded his speech saying that they are calling the year 2020 “the year of action”.
After that, Ms. Zakia Naznin, programme manager, Concern Worldwide and Mr. Mehdi Hassan, project coordinator, Concern Worldwide, spoke about Flood Resilience Livelihood in Chars.
Ms. Naznin is currently working on 4 projects which are being established by 3 organizations. Helping the northern part of Bangladesh is the main focus for which they have management programs. These programs are called Flood Managing Tools by them. She has mentioned 44 sources of resilience and 4 models for this.
Mr. Mehdi Hassan spoke of the project that he has been working on; one which emphasises on empowering women and youth through graduation and financial inclusion.
For this particular project, Mr. Hassan has selected 600 undergraduate participants and 12400 other participants from formal and semi-formal institutions.
Mr. Wahiduzzaman Sarker, project coordinator, Concern Worldwide, talked mostly about the agricultural sectors in coastal areas. In order to eradicate the issue of multi-hazards that people in coastal regions face, he has been working on a project which is being executed in Satkhira, Khulna and Bagerhat.
Mr. Hare Krishna Kundo mainly talked about the constraints in planning captive measures. He explained briefly how human health is being affected. As scientists have already said that we can’t escape from climate change, he also said that it is a prime concern for all of us to ensure effective local resilience for both subjective and objective results.
Finally the open discussion session was held by Dr. A.K.M. Musha, country director, Concern Worldwide. Several questions were asked by the participants and the answers were respectfully given by the panel members as well. The gender issues inclusion and wide scale of program planning was recommended during the session.
Safa Azad is an Environmental Management student at Independent University, Bangladesh.