Work together to address climate change impacts: minister

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DHAKA, Feb 07, 2019 (BSS) – Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Minister Md Shahab Uddin today urged all to work together to cope with the
adverse impacts of global climate change.

“If we perform our duties properly, we will be able to address the
damages and losses caused by global climate change,” he said while addressing
a report launching ceremony at Cirdap auditorium in the capital.

The minister unveiled the ‘Roadmap and Action Plan for Implementing
Bangladesh NDC: Transport, Power and Industry Sectors’ report on the
occasion.

Speaking as the chief guest, Shahab Uddin said Awami League in its
election manifesto ahead of the 2018 general elections had given the highest
importance on the environment and climate, and that is why his ministry is
working sincerely to achieve the goals, following the election manifesto.

He said since 2009, the government has given allocation of Taka 3,500
crore aiming to protect the country’s environment and forests and deal with
the adverse impacts of climate change.

Terming climate change a global problem, the minister said people across
the globe have already realised that climate change is a growing problem to
all.

“The United State experiences a record low temperature – minus 45 degree
Celsius – this year. Flood took place in the Saudi Arabia even in the winter
while wildfire is brought out in Australia,” he added.

About Bangladesh’s contribution to global warming, Shahab Uddin said the
country contributes a very little to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission, but it is
being affected severely due to the adverse consequences of global warming.

He hoped that using the domestic resources, Bangladesh would be able to
cut GHG emission by 5 percent in power, transport and industries sectors by
2030 as per its commitments given in the Intended Nationally Determined
Contributions (INDC).

Chaired by Environment, Forest and Climate Change secretary Abdullah Al
Mohsin Chowdhury, the function was addressed, among others, by additional
secretary of Road, Transport and Highway Division Abdul Malik, joint
secretary of the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Mohammad Ala
Uddin and joint secretary of the Industries Ministry Yasmin Sultana.

Additional secretary of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Ministry Dr Nurul Quadir made a power-point presentation on ‘Roadmap and
Action Plan for Implementing Bangladesh NDC: Transport, Power and Industry
Sectors’.

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