Dhaka – Bangladesh has developed an extra-ordinary training module combining three major international conventions on environmental governance for improving officials’ capacity in delivering services on the ground.
Addressing the identified priority environmental issues under synergy/cross-cutting thematic area in the Bangladesh Capacity Development Action Plan (CDPA) for Environmental Governance, the joint project of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Department of Environment (DoE) titled National Capacity Development for Implementing Rio Conventions through Environmental Governance (Rio) developed the training module on Rio Conventions.
The integrated training module combined the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD).
The exclusive training module was prepared by the renowned subject matter specialists of Bangladesh and reviewed and accepted by a technical committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
The module has already been incorporated in the regular training curriculum of the key public training institutes of Bangladesh. The institutes include key National Academy for Planning and Development (NAPD) and Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy (BCSAA).
“This is the very first initiative to develop an integrated training module on the Rio Conventions,” Director General of the department of environment Dr. Sultan Ahmed told a recent discussion. He emphasized for mainstreaming the training module within the department to improve knowledge-base of the officials working on complex issues of environmental conservation.
Launched in 2017 with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project conducted five training for trainers (ToT) on completion of the module preparation.
A total of 80 government officials were trained up on the three major conventions and other multilateral environmental agreements related to environment.
They are from 10 Ministries, six Departments, seven Public Training Institutes, seven others (Institutes, PMO, Board, Council, Corporations). They are also capacitated as Master Trainer on Rio Conventions.
Bangladesh signed the conventions after global leaders at Rio de Janeiro agreed to have that every country will have its own national programmes to save the planet Earth from the possible devastation created mainly by human interventions. The Rio Project in Bangladesh was undertaken aiming at strengthening national capacity to deliver towards the implementation of the obligations and to ensure that the development is sustainable.
The exclusive training module is prepared by the renowned subject matter specialists of Bangladesh and reviewed and accepted by a technical committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
Md. Ziaul Haque, Director, DoE and National Project Director, Rio project expressed his gratitude to the NAPD and BCSAA for incorporating the training programme on Rio Conventions into the on-going training courses and allocating a dedicated day for the Rio Conventions.
A S Moniruzzaman Khan, National Project Coordinator, Rio Project, UNDP also remarked that the training module on Rio Conventions was developed, reviewed and incorporated into the regular curriculum of public training institutes within only 20 months of project period.
“This is a milestone of the Rio project and this is how the mainstreaming of the Rio Conventions will be advanced in Bangladesh”.
The training module on Rio Conventions is disseminated through the Training of Trainers (ToT) programmes being organized in collaboration with the public training institutes.
Introducing the training module on Rio Conventions is a breakthrough not only for the Rio project but also it uplifts the contribution of UNDP mainstreaming the obligations of international Conventions at national level.
The knowledge distributed through this training module will be using in designing the environment friendly projects and programmes; at time this module caters elements to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and provide practical solutions to reduce the pollutions thus protect the environment.
“Before the training of trainers on Rio Conventions, I was fully unaware about the holistic aspects of the environmental governance at national and international level. I have learned how to make the linkages between the Environment, Rio Conventions and other Development Agenda through this TOT” said Ms. Nasreen Akhter, former Secretary to Government of Bangladesh and Director General, NAPD.
By Nazrul Islam