Dhaka, Sep 13 (UNB) – Climate experts on Thursday urged the government and policymakers to integrate ecosystem based approach to adaptation (EbA) in national climate related policies to address adverse impact of climate change.
The experts came up with the suggestion while addressing a policy dialogue on ‘Ecosystem based Approaches to Adaptation (EbA) to Climate Change Effects’ at the conference room of Department of Fisheries (DoF) in the city.
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in collaboration with DoF organished the programme under a project titled ‘Ecosystem based Approaches to Adaptation (EbA)’.
With financial support of BMUB (German Government) the research project is running in 12 countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Kenya, Mali, South Africa and Uganda for a period from 2015 to 2019.
The objective of the project is to assess the evidence of EbA effectiveness, find out the gaps and the ways to address the national and international policy and planning process to integrate EbA in the policies.
EbA is mainly using nature, ecosystem services and natural resources and land management principles to help people to adapt adverse impact of climate change.
Two researchers- senior fellow of BCAS Md Liaquat Ali and professor of Department of Fisheries of Dhaka University Monirul Islam- conducted an assessment on Bangladesh’s probability and prospect regarding EbA investigating its policies and strategies.
Prof Monirul Islam said “Bangladesh is doing well in climate change adaptation but the EbA is being ignored and unaddressed in our policies, even there is no specific mention of it in the government policies.”
“However, it has been reported by the planning cell of Department of Environment (DoE) that they are going to include EbA in the NEP 2013. But other national policies (Fisheries, Livestock, Forestry and Water Resource) have not incorporated climate change, climate mitigation and adaptation in their national policies”, he added.
The other experts said to make the earth safe for the people, biodiversity needs to be protected and Bangladesh should include the EbA in its policy immediately.
The speakers also urged to ensure inter-departments and sectors’ co-relation to make the process smoother.
Secretary of Fisheries and Livestock Ministry, Md Raisul Alam Mondal, addressed the programme as the chief guest while Dr Atiq Rahman, executive director of BCAS chaired it.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - Deputy Head of Mission at Australian High Commission in Dhaka Penny Morton on Thursday said the Australian government is committed to supporting indigenous communities in Bangladesh.
She said the Australian government wants to support and work with indigenous communities through local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like the Kapaeeng Foundation, BRAC, Save the Children and Plan International.
Morton, while addressing at the national conference of ‘Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders (IPHRD) at CIRDAP auditorium, said the Australian High Commission is proud to support the IPHRD conference.
The Kapaeeng Foundation arranged the conference.
Kapaeeng Foundation, with the support of the Direct Aid Program of the Australian High Commission, Dhaka, is implementing a project titled ‘Strengthening the network of indigenous peoples’ human rights defenders for the promotion and protection of land rights of indigenous peoples in Bangladesh.’
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to enhancing respect for human rights of indigenous peoples and combating violence against indigenous communities in Bangladesh, said the High Commission.
Australia, a member of United Nations Human Rights Council, is committed to providing opportunities to assist indigenous peoples - both in Australia and overseas - to overcome social and economic disadvantage.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday rejected a petition to show Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity Secretary General Mozammel Haque Chowdhury arrested in a case filed with Kafrul Police Station under the Explosive Substances Act.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mazharul Haque passed the order after hearing of the petition.
Mozammel's lawyer Barrister Jotirmoy Barua said Mozammel Haque is expected to be released from the jail today as the court turned down the petition of police.
The court on Tuesday granted Mozammel bail in a case filed on extortion charge but he was not released from the jail as the investigation officer of the case filed the petition to the court to show him arrested in another case.
Earlier on September 6, police arrested Mozammel from his Sanarpar house in Narayanganj in the extortion case filed with Mirpur Model Police Station.
Later in the day, a court placed him on a one-day remand after he was produced before it seeking a seven-day remand.
Khulna, Sept 13 (UNB) – Khulna City Corporation (KCC) mayor Mohammad Moniruzzaman on Thursday announced aTk 637.09 crore budget for 2018-19 fiscal year with focus on ending water logging and roads renovation .
The budget was announced at Shaheed Altaf Auditorium of KCC around 11am in presence of KCC chief executive officer Palash Kanti Bala, panel mayors, councilors, journalists and civil society leaders.
In the last fiscal, the original budget was Tk 440.79 crore which was revised to was Tk 255.78 crore. The rate of implementation of the budget was 58.29 percent.
The mayor said that the new budget is development-oriented one and no new tax has been imposed on the city dwellers. Several new plans have been taken in the budget for public welfare.
Of the total budget, Tk 134.22 crore will come from its own earnings.
Tk 77.51 crore has been earmarked for annual development works which include 46.99 crore for public works, Tk 16.27 crore for conservancy sector and Tk 11 crore for health sector.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - A court here on Thursday fixed September 20 to deliver its order whether the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case will continue in the absence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of Special Judge Court-5 fixed the date after a hearing.
Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol on Thursday filed a petition to deliver the verdict in the case seeking completion of trial in the absence of Khaleda as she did not appear before the court during the last several months due to her illness.
Besides, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a petition to allow two lawyers to meet her in jail to have an idea about her physical condition.
In response to the petition, the court instructed the jail authorities to take steps as per prison rules.
The court on Wednesday asked Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia to submit a written explanation today stating how the trial proceedings will continue in the case.
On September 4, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a gazette notification to hold the trial of Khaleda Zia in the case at the Old Dhaka Central Jail after setting up a makeshift court there.
The following day Khaleda was produced before the special court-5 when she stated that she is sick and she will neither be able to appear before the court repeatedly nor can stay there for a long time.
The BNP chairperson is now at Nazimuddin Road central jail, serving five years' rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 this year.