The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) will help Bangladesh to reduce its vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate change by having relevant ministries, departments and other stakeholders together for collective and urgent climate action, speakers said at a workshop on Sunday.
The workshop on the final draft of the NAP was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and CEGIS-led consortium.
The concerned ministries validated the National Adaptation Plan in the workshop after a series of consultation workshops held under the initiatives of the ‘Formulation and Advancement of the National Adaptation Plan Process in Bangladesh’ project of UNDP and in partnership with the Environment Ministry and Economic Relations Division supported by the Green Climate Fund.
The NAP has been considered as the most valuable plan for adapting to climate change which helps countries conduct comprehensive medium and long-term climate adaptation planning, depending on adaptation capabilities and activities and integration of climate change in the national decision-making process.
The main objectives of the NAP are to reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change by building adaptive capacity and resilience and adaptation to new and existing policies and programmes, especially development strategies.
According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 129 developing countries have initiated their NAP process, of which Bangladesh is not an exception.
Addressing the workshop as the chief guest, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin said the government formulated the NAP to address the risks of climate change based on the views of concerned ministries, departments, and will be implemented with the cooperation of all concerned.
He said if the National Adaptation Plan is implemented in Bangladesh, it will be easier to deal with climate change by taking and implementing long-term integrated adaptation programs.
“Specific adaptation needs for Bangladesh were identified and appropriate implementation strategies were incorporated in the plan,” he said.
The Minister said this plan is not merely a national plan, but it will also reflect the country’s commitment in the world forum over climate adaptation.
Deputy Minister for environment Habibun Nahar stressed mainstreaming the climate change adaptation and said, “I believe NAP will integrate adaptation with national planning by prioritizing Climate Change Adaptation through its six goals.”
She thanked UNDP and the Green Climate Fund for their support in formulating the National Adaptation Plan.
Stefan Liller, Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh highlighted the leadership role of Bangladesh in climate adaptation.
He said, “The finalization of NAP could not be made at a more apt period of time, as we look ahead to COP27 in November, where countries including Bangladesh will gather to discuss progress on the Global Goals on Adaptation strategies to support the most climate vulnerable.”
“UNDP is committed to continuing supporting the Government of Bangladesh on its journey of advancing and implementing NAP to achieve the agenda 2030 for a climate resilient future,” he added.
Water resources (sr) secretary Kabir Bin Anwar and ERD secretary Sharifa Khan, among others, spoke at the workshop presided over by environment secretary Dr Farhina Ahmed.