National dialogue emphasizes mainstreaming climate adaptation into development planning

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Speakers at a national dialogue on mainstreaming the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) focused on integrating climate change adaptation into the national development planning process.

They also called for implementing locally driven adaptation taking into account local vulnerabilities, according to a UNDP statement.

The dialogue held on Sunday was jointly organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (MoEFCC), the Economic Relations Division (ERD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with the support of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Dr. Ainun Nishat, Emeritus Professor, C3ER, BRAC University and Team Leader, NAP Formulation Consortium, gave a presentation on the integration of PAN while Malik Fida A Khan, Executive Director, CEGIS, presented the PAN project .

Minister of Planning, MA Mannan attended as chief guest while Habibun Nahar, Deputy Minister of MoEFCC, Fatima Yasmin, ERD Secretary, Pradip Ranjan Chakraborty, Secretary, Planning Division and Member, Programming and Planning Commission, and Sudipto Mukerjee, UNDP Resident Representative, were present as special guests.

Md Mostafa Kamal, Secretary of MoEFCC, chaired the session.

Welcoming the participants, Md Mizanul Hoque Chowdhury, Additional Secretary (Climate Change Wing) and National Project Director, NAP, said, “In formulating the NAP, we conducted participatory consultations in climate-vulnerable regions involving communities and most vulnerable people”.

“As we formulate the NAP, we need an implementation roadmap and mainstream it into our development planning to achieve national development goals,” he added.

Dr Ainun Nishat said, “The NAP is complementary to national development planning, including the Delta Plan 2100, five-year plans to make our adaptation approach sustainable and effective.”

For successful implementation, each ministry must integrate climate change adaptation into its respective planning and financing process, he said, stressing that the NAP is a legally binding reference for successful implementation of the BANG.

Echoing the need for the climate change law, Ms. Fatima Yasmin said, “We hope that the NAP will be a comprehensive strategy for adapting to climate change.

Mr. Mukerjee said, “Data management is very important for effective planning. Efforts should be made to make climate change data available for effective planning”.

Mr. Chakraborty said they would work closely with the Ministry of Planning for the inclusion of climate change adaptation in development planning.

“Our adaptation efforts should also consider disaster impact assessment for successful planning of adaptation projects,” he added.

“We are confident that we will be able to show the world our success in adapting to climate change – the NAP will be our model for adaptation,” Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar said.

“As Minister of Planning, I assure you of all possible support from the Ministry of Planning in integrating climate change adaptation into the development planning process,” said Minister MA Mannan.

“Project executive committees should prioritize adaptation for successful implementation of the NAP,” he noted.

Md Mostafa Kamal said, “For a climate-vulnerable country like Bangladesh, human displacement is a critical issue in adapting to climate change – the NAP must address this issue to support the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people. to the climate.

According to the statement, the NAP envisions reducing climate risks and vulnerability through effective adaptation strategies to foster a resilient societal ecosystem and drive sustainable economic growth.

In doing so, Bangladesh will operationalize the NAP by promoting green growth strategies supported by sustainable nature-based solutions.

The NAP is a locally-led process grounded in ecosystem-based adaptation that will create a balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability, he added.

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