KHULNA, May 6, 2022 – Speakers at a daylong seminar here on Thursday (Yesterday) demanded Environment Friendly Sustainable Development
Speakers demand Environment Friendly Sustainable Development
“We want long-term sustainable development to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041, dreamt by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, considering protection of the environment so that we can face the adverse impacts of climate change,” they remarked at the seminar-style “Impact on Climate Change at the coastal areas and our duty” held at the auditorium of Mozzaffar Garden in Satkhira.
Senior Secretary of Public Affairs Ministry KM Ali Azam addressed the seminar as the chief guest with Khulna Divisional Commissioner Md Ismail Hossain in the chair.
Demanding scientific-based research to face the impacts of climate change, speakers said combined efforts can protect the Sundarbans, the world’s largest and only mangrove forest.
The chief guest said the government has taken huge saline tolerable projects in the coastal areas of the country.
“The government has taken initiative to implement the Delta Plan, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which was approved in 2018 with a view to achieving sustainable economic growth and a sustainable environment through long-term food security and sound water resource management,” they said.
“We’ve set a target to provide employment to around 1.19 crore people to climate adaptation and we dreamt to change the country into a developed one side by side change its people’s fate,” the speakers added.
The public Administration Ministry organized the seminar in cooperation with Administrative Convention Center in Khulna City.
Professor Dr. Selimul Haque, director of the Bangladesh Center for Climate Change and Development presented the keynote paper at the seminar while Professor of Urban and Rural Planning (URP) Discipline of Khulna University (KU) Dr. Md Zakir Hossain and Associate Professor of Science, Environment, and Technical University of Jashore Dr. Moumita Chowdhury were present as a discussant.
Project Director of Administrative Convention Center Abu Saleh Monjurul Alam delivered the welcome speech.
Dr. Selimul Haque, also an environmental scientist, said although Bangladesh turned into a resilient country, some coastal areas of it are now the most vulnerable zone due to the climate impact.
He stressed the need for mass awareness among common people about the adverse impact of climate change saying media, teachers, and concerned professional bodies and universities can play a vital role in this regard.
Terming Bangladesh will lead climate change adaptation globally, he said, coastal zone including Khulna and Satkhira will turn Bangladesh into a climate prosperous country.
All Deputy Commissioners in the Khulna division, Union Parishad (UP) Chairmen of Satkhira and Khulna, Freedom Fighters, Journalists, Teachers, and Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs), among others, attended the seminar.