Dhaka – Discussants at a workshop have stressed the need for extensive training for public servants to enable them to put into practice the global obligations that Bangladesh signed decades ago for bettering the environmental governance.
“It seems we learn to forget. But we need to keep those learning in practice,” Kaniz Fatema, director general of the National Academy for Planning and Development, told the consultation meeting on Rio Convention on Monday in Dhaka.
She stressed for public awareness on environmental issues, including those obligations to global environmental agreements.
Bangladesh signed three UN conventions on biological diversity, climate change and combating desertification at the Earth Summit Rio de Janeiro in 1992. But its capacities at the individual, institutional and systemic levels are said to be limited because of lack of practices in the past decades.
Bangladesh, one of the most vulnerable countries in terms of global warming, has been facing development challenges in terms of climate change, loss of biodiversity and land degradation.
The speakers at the consultation also identified the impediments towards Bangladesh’s achievements on Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. They emphasized collective efforts to overcome those challenges.
Taking the point into consideration, the government’s Rio Project has organized the consultation in Dhaka inviting trainers from nine public institutions who may impart training to the government officials at different levels.
Presided over by Md. Raisul Alam Mondal, director general of Department of Environment, the session was addressed by Dr M Aslam Alam, the rector of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC), as chief guest.
Alam suggested for integration of Rio Conventions in national training programmes saying the public servants should be the initial target group of the workshops so that they could deliver accordingly.
The trainer should also be trained, he said recommending for practical sessions instead of simple lecturing method in training sessions.
Khurshid Alam, assistant country director of UNDP said a master document can be developed and distribute to national training institutes. Resource persons should be identified for each institute for a better coordination, he added.
Environment and Forest Secretary Istiaque Ahmad, who spoke on the occasion, said the training contents can be extracted from the master document. He precisely mentioned about increasing need for synergies between the Conventions is felt at the national, regional and global levels.
Director General of Bangladesh Institute of Administration and Management Sheik Mujibur Rahman said the Rio Convention demanded strong commitment from Bangladesh.
The project is being implemented by the Department of Environment under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and with financial support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Global Environment Facility (GEF).