Dhaka, Bangladesh, 27 October, 2009
Environmental experts from around the country gathered in Dhaka at the BIAM Foundation for a significant meeting on climate change. In the lead up to the December global climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, members of national environmental organizations have attended briefings around the world, including the Climate Change Talks in Bangkok and the Global Editors Forum in Copenhagen earlier this month.
Under the 'Road to Copenhagen' project, IUCN (International Union for
Conservation of Nature) Bangladesh are coordinating a national envoy of almost two hundred delegates. Representatives include members of Parliament, government and non-government organizations, civil societies and journalists. Climate Change Senior Advisor, IUCN Asia, Dr Ainun Nishat said "Bangladesh is already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate. We must take an active role to enhance Bangladesh's capacity to negotiate a long-term cooperative action to manage the adverse impacts of climate change". Today's consultative meeting was arranged by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in association with IUCN Bangladesh, and allowed representatives to meet and share their recent experiences to help build a strategic position for the national delegation. Dr Niaz Ahmed Khan, Country Representative IUCN Bangladesh, gave the welcome address to the assembled dignitaries and emphasized the need for a united and practical strategy to mitigate the impacts of climate change. As the chief guest, Dr Mihir Kanti Mazumder, Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh addressed the meeting today and discussed the key issues under debate at the global level and the importance of Bangladesh's participation in the international discussions. Dr Nishat provided an overview of the current situation, "We have already prepared a national Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, so it's a very exciting and pivotal time for us to be involved on an international level". Following the detailed and informative discussion, Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan, Director General of the Department of Environment, facilitated the technical session on preparations for effective participation in the climate change negotiation process.