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BWP discuss project selection with focal points for climate funding

BWP discuss project selection with focal points for climate funding

How ecosystem services can be integrated to enhance resilience of the coastal islands against climate change through planned actions to stop erosion and accelerate land accretion was the topic of a draft project proposal submitted at a consultation organised by the Bangladesh Water Partnership in Dhaka on Saturday.
Zahirul Haque Khan, director, CPE division of the Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) who presented the proposal sought to organise a study on the efficacy of ecosystem services like planned afforestation to protect from storm surges, and development of oyster reefs as natural barriers against coastal erosion.A rich exchange of views on climate change issues and problems, adaptation to the same plus mitigation of adverse effects marked the day-long consultation with climate change national focal points of different government, semi-government bodies and non-governmental organisations. The draft project proposals were intended for seeking climate funding from the World Water Forum.
Tariqul Islam, senior specialist of IWM sought to study the origin and extent of salinity in the Barind Tract including topsoil salinity. Salinity in the area might increase or decrease depending on the flow of the Atrai river.
David Mohammad Khan of the same institute seeks to study the impact of climate change on the vulnerability of the low-cost income residents of the metropolis to suggest how better the agencies involved can improve services to increase resilience of this category of people living in the city of 15 million of whom 3.4 million live in slums.
Similarly Dr. Sainar Alam of the Forest Department sought to study adaptation to climate change through protection of aquaculture and fisheries management for vulnerable households in the Barind Tract.
Last year such consultation helped the development of a project that was accepted for funding from WWF. This year BWP wants to see that more project proposals from Bangladesh pass the requirement for climate funding, said Dr. K Azharul Haq, vice president of the BWP.
Inaugurating the consultation Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Admad chairman of PKSF and member, governing board of the Bangladesh Climate Trust Fund, deplored the shortage of technical manpower to develop projects for climate funding. The country missed funding it deserved from the GEF, CDM, the LDC and the GCF funds.
The inaugural function, presided over by BWP president, Shahidul Hassan, was also addressed by Dr. K Azharul Huq. The first technical session was presided over by Dr. Nilufa Islam, former DG, WARPO and Ec member BWP.
Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said that out of 495 project proposals received at the Palli Karma Shahayak  Foundation (PKSP) only 150 could be accepted for climate funding.
He said global green house gas emission would continue to increase and with it climate change induced disasters even if nations succeed to reach a deal in 1915, as planned. The years ahead would thus be worse than before for Bangladesh which is among the frontline countries in respect of climate change impacts. – Staff Reporter