Media on Climate Financing

Speakers at a workshop today said, Bangladesh is less responsible for climate change but it is the victim of such situation. Now the country is facing serious effect of climate in different parts of the country and it will continue if such menace is not checked, the speakers said the workshop titled “Sensitization workshop for media on climate change” held at Mymensingh Press Club auditorium.According to Global Climate Risk Index published by German Watch, an international research organization in 2010, Bangladesh is first among the most 10 vulnerable countries due to climate change, the speakers said.

Society for Media and Suitable Human-Communication Techniques (SOMASHTE) organized the workshop.

It was also said, the fund meant for climate change programmes through out the country is not being used properly as many non-government organizations assigned for the job which have less or no experience for running climate change programmes.

Climate change programmes must be run by the experienced organizations to use the fund perfectly, the speakers said.

It was also informed that Bangladesh government took “Adaptation Programme of Action”  in 2005 and an action plan titled “Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan” was started in 2009 to accelerate climate change programmes.

Now the plan is running on six important issues-food security, social safety and health, comprehensive disaster management, develop climate proof infrastructure, research and knowledge management and mitigation and low carbon development, it was said the workshop, said workshop sources.

They also urged the media persons to monitor the programmes and fund allocation on climate change running their areas for the better interest of the people and country as well.

Mir Shahidul Alam, director, (Programme); and Rezaul Haque, director, (Research) of SOMASHTE were the resource persons at the workshop.

Earlier, Prof. Rebeka Yeasmin, vice-president of the press club inaugurated the workshop while its secretary Ataul Karim Khokon delivered the welcome speech.

Twenty five journalists of electronic and print media attended the workshop.

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