On 24 July 2010, IUCN B organized a consultation workshop on developing monitoring mechanisms of climate change impacts on eight major sectors of Bangladesh. The workshop was part of IUCN B’s current engagement in climate change research in Bangladesh with funding support from DFID and Danida. The workshop was held at the BIAM Multipurpose Hall and was one of the first of its kind in Bangladesh hoping it will lead to a giant leap in climate change research in the nation.
An imperialistic pretension attainted by the human race as a result of our unfathomable success as a species has lead to us mercilessly plundering the mother earth and her resources. Like a perfect equation, Earth’s equalizing response has been the climate change and all the hazards it brings with it. Bangladesh being one of the most vulnerable countries to climatic changes is at the forefront of this new battleground.
With the country on knife edge, DFID and Danida have funded a project entitled, ‘Enhancement of Bangladesh’s Capacity to Participate in Road to Copenhagen and Post Copenhagen Regime.’ IUCN Bangladesh on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Forests has been given the responsibility of implementing the project activities.
At the workshop experts comprising of some of the brightest minds in the country were allocated into eight specific groups according to their field of expertise. The eight sectors with which IUCN is working are Agriculture, Livestock, Freshwater Fisheries, Marine Fisheries, Hydro meteorology, Health, Livelihood and Poverty and last but not least Forest Flora and Fauna.
With great vigour, zest and passion the experts held heated debate to develop robust sampling techniques recognizing indicators most sensitive to climate change in their respective fields. At the end, the effort concentrates to finalize the monitoring protocols required to assess climate change impacts on these sectors.
The group leaders will soon synthesize the outcome of the workshop and will be ready to present their monitoring protocols for their respective fields to the Bangladesh Government. The time for collective action is now; the road to Copenhagen may well be Bangladesh’s road to salvation or the country may well be headed towards perdition.