State Minister of Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said Bangladesh, the world's largest deltaic island, is most at risk due to climate change and natural disasters.
The government has formulated a 100-year Bangladesh Delta Plan (Delta Plan-2100) to address the desired development challenges by coping with the adverse effects of climate change, including disaster risk reduction, he added.
The state minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on “Assessing the Damage of Climate Change Disaster” organized at the conference room of the Tourism Corporation's head office in Dhaka on Tuesday.
By the year 2100, the Delta Plan will be a combination of short, medium and long term plans. Thus, the government is implementing programs in a planned manner to build a disaster-tolerant, sustainable and secure Bangladesh by reducing the potential loss of life and property by reducing the risk of disasters, the state minister said.
He added the earthen fort, which is popularly known as Mujib Killa, was built under the direction of Bangabandhu to protect people's lives and property from cyclones and floods. In its modern form, construction, renovation and development activities of 550 Mujib forts are underway in 148 coastal and flood-hit upazilas. Coastal distressed people will be able to take shelter there as well as protect their livestock from the damage caused by cyclones and tidal surges. It can also be used as a public playground, social event and hat-bazaar.
He also said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is emphasizing on four issues at the World Leaders' Conference on Climate Change. The issues are: lowering the global temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius; dividing the annual target of 100 billion by 50:50 between adaptation and mitigation, and giving special importance to loss and damage; developed countries, international financial institutions and individuals coming forward; and innovation and transfer of Carbon Neutral Technology.
Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Mohammad Mohsin presided over the function and Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Mohammad Mostafa Kamal addressed the function as a special guest. Dr Ainun Nishat, Emeritus Professor of BRAC University, presented the key-note paper on the occasion.