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[Ambassador report] Climate Adaptation and the Bangladeshi Government

by Mahsinur Rahman | 01-12-2020 02:41 Comments 3 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Bangladesh may be Mother Nature's punching bag, but in the battle for survival against climate change, this tiny, riverine nation isn't going down without a fight.

Already, Bangladesh has invested 10 million taka, the equivalent of about $150,000, to build cyclone shelters and create a storm early-warning system. Earlier this year, it allocated another $50 million to the country's agriculture and health budgets to help "climate-proof" certain development sectors.

Moreover, even as leaders here say they believe the West owes Bangladesh and other vulnerable countries compensation for global warming, they also bristle at those who view Bangladesh as just a hopeless, helpless nation forever in need of aid.

The current focus is on a method known as community-based adaptation, which Huq and others say will help the very poorest communities access funding and information. Advocates say the initiatives, still being formed, are aimed at helping villages most at risk launch projects, with the money going to them instead of trickling down through global and national funds.

Exactly how much funding Bangladesh needs overall is unclear. Leaders here estimate it will cost $500 million just to raise embankments in some areas about 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) – a level that by the time construction is complete might not even be high enough to keep growing storm surges at bay.

"Adaptation sounds very easy, but it's a costly proposition for us," said Hamidur Rashid, former director-general for multilateral economic affairs in Bangladesh's foreign ministry.

Ainun Nishat, Bangladesh representative for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, called food security the country's top short-term priority.

Two years ago, he said, Bangladesh lost 10 percent of its crop to flooding. The IPCC estimates that Central and South Asia can expect a 30 percent drop in yield by 2050. For a country that depends on rice for survival, a major loss of production could translate into a widespread nutrition crisis.

Circle logo of the government of Bangladesh

3 Comments

Dolma Diki Sherpa

  • Dolma Diki Sherpa says :
    Greetings from Nepal

    Thank you for sharing your information. It is good initiation that your government is taking steps to mitigate the climate issue. Keep going
    Keep it up with these great efforts.

    Regards

    Dolma
    Posted 15-12-2020 20:57

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Mahsinur!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Thank you for introducing Bangladeshi Government's adaptation to climate change.
    Coming up with an effective counterplan against climate change is expensive regardless of nation.
    Astronomical costs are required to manage the ongoing situation.
    But if we do not act right now, the damage will grow as time goes on.
    The crop yield will be knocked down due to natural disaster.
    We should protect and save our world from now on!
    Keep up with your hard work!

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 14-12-2020 08:57

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Mahsinur,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    Warm greetings from South Korea.
    Thank you for sharing such an interesting report.
    I am glad to hear that your country is trying hard, with financial support and greater awareness.
    I understand that such countries that depend much on agriculture may be more vulnerable to climate issues.
    Also, we all know that new adaptations aren't easy.
    But we should keep trying for sustainable growth worldwide.

    Please remember to include the references for the quotes.

    Keep sharing

    Regards,
    WooJoo
    Posted 04-12-2020 17:19

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