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Gobeshona 6: Strengthening Climate Actions

Helvetas Bangladesh, ICCAD, DORP, BDPC and OKUP on Strengthening Climate Actions at Gobeshona 6

The first plenary session of  Day 2 of Gobeshona 6 was hosted by Helvetas Bangladesh, ICCCAD, DORP, BBPC and OKUP on “Strengthening Climate Actions: Nexus between Climate Change, Water Access, Food Security, Livelihood & Migration and Governance.” Mr. Mostafizur Rahman, Project Manager, Panii Jibon Project, Helvetas Bangladesh presented in this session, while the Panelists were Mr Md. Khalilur Rahman Khan, Chief, Programming Division and Mr Shah Muhammad Haque, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Nurunnahar, Deputy Chief, Programming director, Mr. Tushar Mohon Shadhu Khan, Additional Chief Engineer, DPHE, Shah Muhammad Akramul Haque, Additional Director, Monitoring, Field service wing.

Panelists at the session

The first speaker of this session was Mr Mostafizur Rahman, he spoke on the Panii Jibon project (water is life) surrounding climate change, water security, livelihood and governance. The project is held in Khulna and Bagerhat regions, as these regions are most vulnerable to climate change. The goal of this project is to build resilience, migration, water security and build sustainability within climate vulnerable communities. The project included improving the resource allocation, engaging government stakeholders right from project inception stage, and also involving local civil society to strengthen the campaign. 

Some people of the project area shared their experiences about the project Pani Jibon and how it benefited them and helped them solve their problem.   

The second presenter was Mohammad Khalilur Rahman who is the President of Wash Budget Monitoring Club. He asserted that the Water Budget project was successful. Moreover, he added that the Water Budget project needed to eradicate the sanitation problems and waterborne diseases caused by unhygienic sanitation.

The next speaker was Mrs. Nurunnahar, she commented on how to link the communities of vulnerable zone’s local government to national government and ensuring project continuity and sustainability. She is currently involved in Annual development program. She said  “It is a good thing that local people are networking, which is increasing their income and benefiting them”. She concluded her speech by stating that, if the local government works closely with the national government more problems can be acknowledged and then can be developed.

While, Mr. Tushar Mohon Khan pointed out the challenges and what could be done to bring about sustainability for these projects. The challenges were: 

  1. Mostly in the coastal regions salinity of water was increasing
  2. No proper sluice systems to promote drinking water
  3. Manpower for these projects are not enough

So, to develop sustainability local people have to come forward and take actions. Their willingness, awareness and interest is highly needed. He said “We all have to work together to make these projects sustain and be successful.

Lastly, Mr. Shah Muhammad Akramul Haque asserted about agriculture and the effects of climate change. He talked about the Agricultural Extinction program which is leaded to sustain the crops and uplift the socio-economic condition of the local people. He concluded his speech by stating  “Integrated planning is needed to sustain these projects.” 

Farhana Akter Nitu is an Environmental Science and English Language Teaching (ELT) at Independent University, Bangladesh.

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