ICCCAD on Enhancing Climate Finance Governance in Bangladesh.
The session titled “Enhancing climate finance governance in Bangladesh” , hosted by ICCCAD was held at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) as a part of Gobeshona 6, a four-day conference organized by the International Centre for Climate Change And Development (ICCCAD).
The chair as well as the moderator of the following session was Prof. Mizan R. Khan, Deputy Director, ICCCAD. The presenters were Mr. Abul Basar, Mr. Ziaul Haque Mukta and Mr. A S M Marjan Nur. The respective panelists were Mr. Abul Basar, PROKAS, British Council; Mr. Ziaul Haque Mukta, General Secretary, CSRL; Mr. Md. Mokhtar Ahemd, Director (Planning, Development and Negotiation), Bangladesh Climate Change Trust and Mr. Sherpard Zvigadza, Visiting Researcher, ICCCAD.
Mr. Abul Basar inaugurated the session by giving a short brief about PROKAS, a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded programme designed to support government and civil society initiatives to improve transparency and accountability in Bangladesh. As Climate finance has been facing some challenges such as
- poor Measurable Reportable Verifiable (MRV) system
- misuse of resources
- weak government monitoring
- insufficient institutional coordination
- lack of people’s participation
In his presentation, he talked about the objectives of improving the efficiency of climate finance. He also talked about the two phase initiatives that had been planned to take into action. Because if the adaptation fails, a hypothetical prediction shows that Bangladesh may witness serious consequences like-
- By 2050, 1 in every 7 people will become displaced
- More migrates may arrive in Dhaka annually
- Majority of migration to the growing Dhaka slums
The 2nd presenter was Mr. Ziaul Haque Mukta. Giving an introduction to CSRL (Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods), he mentioned about a project where the purpose is to collaborate with PROKAS in order to enhance the quality of livelihoods of the rural people. He said that for that particular project, 3 districts had been selected, where the major focus would be on youth participation in volunteering. During observation, they had noticed some major issues which were mostly causing drawbacks. He also mentioned some challenges such as-
- Political influence
- Focus on macro-policy
- Lack of unique adaptation plans
- Natural disasters
Therefore, some foolproof future plans had been taken by them in order to execute the project.
Later on Mr. A S M Marjan Nur began his presentation with a brief description of how C3ER, ICCCAD and BRAC had been working together for the support in accessing and utilization of climate funds. With the positive engagement of stakeholders, they had been taking collective action with the partnership of BCCT, IDCOL, BUILD and the government of the people’s republic of Bangladesh in order to achieve climate goals. He said that they had organized 4 write-shops and 5 sensitization workshops in this regard. He added that for institutional strengthening, DWA and LGED had a Green Climate Fund which assisted them to facilitate vulnerable areas and helped monitoring and evaluating climate issues. He also mentioned about their achievements on improving MRV that includes MoU with ERD, assessing women access to Social Safety net Programme in climate vulnerable areas, 3 project sites with BCCT, IMED, LGI and IBP’s representatives that ensure the voices of local people so on and so forth. Finally he concluded by explaining how their Youth Leadership Programme and Life Skill Training had been very helpful for the people of vulnerable areas in the coastal and northern part of the country.
The respective panelists then came up on stage for the question answer phase where few interventions had been placed on the table and the panel members responded accordingly.
The whole purpose of this session was to help acknowledge everyone how climate finance had been facing difficulties in the context of Bangladesh and how different authorities had been playing a vital role in taking possible steps in order to smoothen those rough paths.
Safa Azad is an Environmental Management student at IUB.