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Seminar Proceedings on Climate Change Adaptations in River Basins: Upstream and Downstream Linkages; 5 September 2018 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Dilshad, T.
  • Syed, A.
  • Hassan, T.
  • Uddin, N.
  • Ferdous, J.
  • Gupta, S.
  • Hoque, F.
  • Al Faroque M.
  • Mallick, D.
  • Rahman, A.
  • Summary

This seminar is the final stakeholder dissemination of HI-AWARE research in terms of policy, science and practices in the field held in Bangladesh. There will be also similar seminars in the partner countries in India, Pakistan and Nepal. The seminar was held the whole day on September 5, 2018 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The seminar was divided into six sessions: inaugural, technical, 3 panel discussions and the closing. One important thing is to mention here. Just day before the seminar, the national level plan Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100) was approved by the government of Bangladesh. BDP2100 is considered as a strategic plan for the country which considered the climate change issues and proposed 80 projects investing US$37 billion by 2030 to achieve the sustainable development goals. In the inaugural session, Dr. KS Murali and Dr. Philipus Wester provided a glimpse on CARIAA and HI-AWARE research respectively. Then two special guests one Mr. Peter de Vries from Netherlands Embassy and the other Prof. Shamsul Alam, Senior Member of the Planning Commission of Bangladesh shared their views on how the research outputs can be integrated in the BDP2100 and other national plans. Mr. de Vries emphasized that Netherlands government will continue help Bangladesh for implementing the BDP2100 while Prof. Alam emphasized creating a knowledge hub as per BDP2100 where different database will be generated and HI-AWARE kind of research will feed this knowledge hub a lot. The session was chaired by Dr. Atiq Rahman of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies. The Technical Session was chaired by Dr. Wester where Dr. Abu Syed from BCAS and Prof. Dr. Mashfiqus Salehin from BUET presented the up-to-date rsearch findings which have been published or under review in HI-AWARE and DECCMA respectively. Dr. Syed showed how floods don’t spell doom if planning and management are inclusive. To achieve this, it needs to include ecology and human systems taking into account in planning and management of river basins. Dr. Syed emphasized the key achievements of HI-AWARE research where BCAS contributed 14 working papers, 26 journal articles, and 21 stakeholder workshops conducted of which all the publications are online and freely accessible. He also emphasized that HI-AWARE findings may be used in the ongoing review of BCCAS, Delta Plan 2100 and Climate Smart Investment Plan (CSIP) by the Government of Bangladesh. Dr. Salehin in his presentation summarized the key achievements of DECCMA project where a national inventory of 589 adaptation measures was documented for entire country which will be published online as a living document. Dr. Salehin emphasized that environmental hazard has an indirect role on migration pattern in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. The Panel Discussion-1: Flood, erosion and agriculture was also chaired by Dr. Wester where Dr. Mominul Haque Sarkar from CEGIS, Ms. Hasin Jahan from Practical Action Bangladesh, and Dr. Salehin from BUET were as panelists. Dr. Sarkar illustrated mainly the riverbank erosion processes in Bangladesh, while Ms. Jahan emphasized the temporary chars to be used for new livelihoods of most vulnerable people in the country. Dr. Salehin highlighted on the research on sediment transport in future to understand the climate change impact on it which would be very helpful for planning of the newly char created for better adaptations. The Panel Discussion-2: Vulnerability and gender responsive adaptation in floodplains was chaired by Prof. Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui from Dhaka University where 3 panelists were present namely Dr. KS Murali of IDRC, Ms. Runa Khan of Friendship Bangladesh, and Prof. Dr. Umme K Navera from BUET. Dr. Murali focused on improving the quality of women’s understanding as well as the capacity on the issues of climate change and livelihoods how to address. Ms. Runa Khan also emphasized the capacity building of women for empowering them while Prof. Navera pointed up the real lacking behind the issues which is water scarcity, if it can be solved, other issues would disappear.


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    International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
  • Publisher Place:
    Kathmandu, Nepal