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24 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 June, 2019 02:23:38 AM
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More funds for environment

More funds for environment

Since Bangladesh is at the forefront of climate change and the weather pattern of the last few years showed extreme rainfall, heat and cold, climate change mitigation needs to be given top priority. With unpredictable weather patterns manifesting in rainfall at odd times of the year, crop growing is often hampered though drought and flood resistant varieties of seeds minimize the damage.

However, in the coastal regions of Bangladesh which face regular tidal surges, cyclones plus other natural calamities, extensive programmes are needed to raise awareness and to create protection infrastructure like embankments, shelters and so on. Civil society members have called the allocated budget of 23,785 crore insufficient, asking for more to be given to district level administration for comprehensive climate change preparation. This is a logical call though with more funds the issue of corruption and graft need to be taken into consideration.

In the name of minimising climate change impact, the money should not be embezzled by nefarious quarters. There has been a call for more funds to be given to local lawmakers so the work is done under their supervision. If that is the plan then the funds for climate change has to be overseen not just by the lawmaker but by a joint action group which will include local civil society members, the media plus members of the defence forces. Accountability is essential and without it, increasing of funds will be pouring money into the abyss.  Another step can be to divide climate change related funds and give one portion to coastal area colleges and other institutions which will employ students to help in the building of safe zones and carry out climate change related awareness.

In much of rural Bangladesh, the sudden extreme changes in weather are often deemed to be a punishment from divinity but they need to be taught that it’s irresponsible human action like deforestation, filling of water bodies, indiscriminate cutting of trees and hills that are causing the nature to hit back. Reportedly, the current budget will be raised in the relevant parliamentary committee which is laudable. However, any rise in allocation has to be safeguarded with a full proof transparency ensuring mechanism.

No point dishing out millions without a proper monitoring system. Every fund usage assessment body must have media representatives so in case of an aberration, the news is published with the facts. The government has to allocate more but at the same time be vigilant about its usage.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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