Nature conservation a must to attain economic goals

Published 18 Oct,2021 via The Financial Express - Conservation of nature is a must to achieve the country's desired economic goals, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Vision-2041, speakers at a programme on Sunday said.

To this effect, clear concept about the climate-change impacts and optimum use of global support like the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are also essential for stakeholders, they added.

The views came at the inaugural ceremony of a workshop on 'Green Climate Fund- Modalities and Procedures' organised by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) at the NILG Auditorium in city's Agargaon area.

Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration K M Ali Azam attended the inaugural session as the chief guest while Secretary of Economic Relations Division (ERD) Fatima Yasmin as the special guest, a statement said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ali Azam said the participants at the workshop will get coherent knowledge about administering the GCF projects in a bid to tackle the climate change impacts on Bangladesh.

He also expressed the hope that the participants will play a vital role in preparing GCF projects, accessing the funds and implementing the allied programmes.

The ERD secretary said the government has taken a wide range of programmes for the sake of the country's people especially the marginal ones to protect them against climate change impacts.

By dint of own efforts and finance, the government established Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF) in 2009 to help increase the capacity and adaptability of marginalized people to cope with the climate change impacts.

PKSF Managing Director Dr Nomita Halder who presided over the programme said PKSF has been implementing a wide range of programmes since its establishment in 1990 to alleviate poverty through employment generation.

PKSF is the National Implementing Entity (NIE) of 'Adaptation Fund' in addition to Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Adaptation Fund is another global financing mechanism to help the developing economies cope with the climate change impacts. GCF is a global financial mechanism to assist the developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.

Twenty-five representatives from 16 ministries, departments and agencies are taking part in the workshop which is scheduled to conclude on October 28.

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