Dhaka – Bangladesh’s department of environment has celebrated a day titled Rio Day to boost the ongoing efforts aiming at environmental governance in the densely-populated South Asian country.
The day was observed under the National Capacity Development for Implementing RIO Conventions through Environmental Governance Project partnered with the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility.
The day-long celebration on Monday on the occasion of mainstreaming the training module on Rio Conventions into the regular curriculum of Law and Administration Course of Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy (BCSAA) in Dhaka’s Shahbagh.
The workshop was part of the 107th, 108th and 109th Law & Administration Course where participants were sensitized on the obligations of the Rio Conventions — United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) – adopted in 1992.
One hundred and sixteen officials, ranking from Assistant Commissioner to Senior Assistant Commissioner, from different government cadres attended the workshop.
Starting with the keynote presentation on the Rio Conventions: 3,600 Development Overview, the workshop was followed by a technical panel discussion and group exercise and presentations from the participants.
Md. Ziaul Haque, Director, Department of Environment (DoE) and National Project Director, Rio Project presented the keynote speech.
He mentioned the main message of three Rio Conventions, their linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), national policy coherence and progress of implementations in Bangladesh.
Haque also briefed the workshop about key national strategy and action plans, Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP), National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), Bangladesh Capacity Development Action Plan (CDAP) for Sustainable Environmental Governance etc adopted for mainstreaming the Rio Conventions in Bangladesh.
Sultan Ahmed, Director General of DoE, Md. Zafar Iqbal, Member Directing Staff, BCSAA, Pear Mohammad, Additional Secretary to the Government and Course Director, BCSAA, Saleh Ahmed Mujaffor, Director (Training), BCSAA and AS Moniruzzaman Khan, Programme Head (Climate Change), BRAC and former National Project Coordinator, Rio Project, UNDP highlighted the workshop as the Panel Discussants.
This is a remarkable achievement of the project as well as Department of Environment (DoE); In such way, the world environment agenda is implanted to the main capacity building artery of Bangladesh, Sultan Ahmed marked.
Zafar Iqbal stressed that the equivocal behavior of climate is originated by humankind. Human started ruling the natural systems by industrialization, cutting vegetations, exploiting and burning fossil fuels, emitting carbon dioxide so fast that the earth could not cope up with changes and have become so disastrous.
So, it is ultimately our duty to start nurturing the nature again in parallel with the sustainable development.
Saleh Ahmed Mujaffor also underscored the importance of basic understanding of the environmental concerns so that the pollution can be abated, biodiversity conserved at the local levels.
He also advised the participants for being watchful on single use plastics in daily lives and try to refuse or reuse the plastic products as much as possible.
Moniruzzaman Khan enlightened the workshop by sharing the practical field level implementations of Rio Conventions. He remarked the co-management practices of the District Commissioner’s office in Jessore, Bangladesh that included a budgetary allocation for the primates roaming around the cities for food.
The celebration is graced by a total of 150 high officials from the Department of Environment, Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy (BCSAA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh and Rio Project.