Bangladesh needs more to deliver on environmental governance
December 10th, 2017 at 3:09 pm
Bangladesh needs more to deliver on environmental governance

Dhaka – Discussants have underscored the need for bettering information dissemination to create a generation equipped with knowledge to deliver on environmental governance in Bangladesh.

“Vast information is available on the internet; the new generations should take the opportunity learn about three Rio conventions from websites,” said Md. Raisul Alam Mandal, head of Bangladesh’s environment department, at a recent discussion.

Mandal came up with the remarks in reference to the Bangladesh’s binding promises to implement the 1992 conventions signed on climate change, bio diversity and desertification.

While addressing a knowledge sharing workshop, organized by the Rio Project, in south-eastern Chittagong division, he cited Bangladesh’s Integrated Pest Management (IMP) scheme as one of the best practices in protecting biodiversity.

He added the IMP also helps increase soil nutrition and control environmental damages in Bangladesh, a South Asian country with low on emission index.

Mandal, the director general of the Department of Environment, suggested for reuse of waters at industrial units to keep the daily water consumption to a reasonable level.

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Bangladesh CDMP homes- Photo Credit UNDP

He lauded Bangladesh’s social forestry as revolutionary and said increased forest cover resulted in more carbon sequestration in the country.

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forest Dr. Nurul Qadir emphasized for frequent discussions on the conventions at national and international levels.

He said attention should also be given to protect Bangladesh’s biological diversity and land degradation beside the most-discussed about issues of climate change, global warming and sea level rise. All activities should be targeted to Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, he added.

National Project Director of the Rio Project Md. Ziaul Haque explained the conventions and instruments Bangladesh has signed to ensure sustainability saying the country has framed rules and laws as per the obligations.

A draft training module of best practices on three Rio conventions has been formulated, he said while briefing on the progress of the Rio project, under which knowledge sharing sessions were organised on the objectives and obligations of UNFCCC, CBD and UNCCD through the government training institutes

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A scene of flash flood that engulfed vast Haor in Bangladesh in early 2017

Alam, also a director of the Department of Environment, says, “Bangladesh will shoulder all responsibilities for making the Rio conventions a success.” All necessary supports will be provided to achieve targets of the conventions within available capacities, he added.

Bangladesh needs to remain aware of the emission level of other countries and the situation as to how the people in those countries are coping adverse environmental situation, he said.

Development Mechanism (CDM) was introduced by the Kyoto Protocol which is advantageous for the developing nations, he said adding that the CDM would compensate the emission reduction.

The level of reduction is salable in the international market through certified emission reduction (CER) as the threshold of the emission limit has been determined by the Kyoto Protocol.

Haque also focused on the 2015 Paris Agreement that set targets for both developed and developing nations to cut the level of emission.

The knowledge sharing meeting, organized at Chittagong Circuit House on December 5, was also addressed among others by Azadur Rahman Mallik, director of Chittagong Metropolitan office of the Department of Environment, and Zillur Rahman Chowdhury, deputy commissioner of Chittagong.

Md. Mokbul Hossain, director of Department of Environment in Chittagong, presided over the session.

While addressing the session, Zillur Rahman Chowdhury observed the process of implementation of the Rio conventions is still lukewarm. He suggested involvement of people from various strata of life, including school children.

Involvement of school children would help make aware a wider section of the society about the environmental issues. He also underscored the need for the department of environment to scale up its monitoring activities to ensure better management of environmental issues.