In 2009 Bangladesh developed and released the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and also Action Plan (BCCSAP) which was the first of its kind at that time. It was a remarkable document for a number of factors.

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Firstly, it was developed totally by Bangladeshi professionals through Bangladesh government"s own funds, rather than by international consultants funded by a developed nation or UN company.


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Secondly, it was emerged adhering to an intricate consultation with a large variety of stakeholders from various teams as well as from grassroots people roughly the nation.

Thirdly, it wasn"t just a nice arrangement on paper (as so many kind of others) however was actually implemented via capital assistance from the Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF) that was set up by the government of Bangladesh with its very own money.

The finance minister has actually been allocating approximately USD 100 million tantamount in Bangladeshi taka yearly because then to fund actions figured out in the BCCSAP. Ten percent of the money was alsituated to civil culture groups for community-based adaptation activities while the continuing to be 90 percent was given to a vast range of government ministries and also departments that had actually to submit projects established in the BCCSAP.


Hence over almost a decade the federal government of Bangladesh has actually invested well over half a billion dollars of its very own money in literally numerous actions to tackle climate adjust by both the government and also civil society.


A amazing feature of the BCCSAP was that also though the emphasis was mainly on adaptation to tackle climate affect (which is fairly logical as Bangladesh is so fragile to it), after some conflict nevertheless, it was chose to likewise include mitigation actions to reduce Bangladesh"s emissions of greenhouse gases wherever before we have the right to. This was not crucial however we felt it was our moral responsibility to minimize eobjectives if we deserve to also if our in its entirety emissions are still rather low.

The BCCSAP was always envisaged to be a living arrangement to be updated over time and also the time has actually now concerned revise it.

I would prefer to share some ideas on what I feel demands to be addressed in the revised BCCSAP going forward in light of changed situations and discovering from the suffer of numerous tasks brought out over the last decade.

The first principle is to recognise that the BCCSAP and funding via the BCCTF have largely achieved the objective of mainstreaming climate adjust right into national and also sectdental breakthrough planning. Hence later tbelow is less need to build separate climate adjust activities; we must rather include climate change as an element in all relevant breakthrough plans, jobs and investments henceforth.

Secondly, we must enhance the emphasis and also investments in developing excellent Monitoring, Evaluation and also Learning (MEL) systems to have the ability to demonstrate what we are doing and learn lessons while likewise be able to measure the outcomes more systematically than we have actually done so far.

Thirdly, we should recognise the fact of a warming human being that is already causing loss and also damages as a result of anthropogenic climate change and also hence mitigation and also adaptation are no much longer adequate methods by themselves. We currently must find means to compensate the victims of anthropogenic climate change.

Here Bangladesh has actually an opportunity to again be innovative by using the uninvested amount in the BCCTF to fund a nationwide mechanism on loss and also damage which have the right to pioneer approaches for measuring results, losses and damage and also provide compensation to the victims.

Finally, the revised BCCSAP must likewise focus on worldwide diplomacy which goes well beyond simply sending a delegation to the yearly conference of parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We need to embed climate adjust in our normal diplomacy both at bilateral and also multilateral levels. Tright here is a major chance to share Bangladesh"s knowledge on adaptation through other Leastern Developed Countries (LDCs) with South-South knowledge-exreadjust.

In conclusion Bangladesh has actually a huge opportunity to carry together climate change and the Sustainable Advancement Goals (SDGs) wbelow Goal 13 clearly talks around tackling climate readjust. We should also incorporate tackling climate adjust right into the 2041 Vision currently under preparation and also the Delta Plan 2100.

The revised BCCSAP need to end up being the guiding document on ensuring that tackling climate change is genuinely mainstreamed into planning and exercise while Bangladesh continues its journey from LDC to arising country by 2024 and then occurred nation by 2041.

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Saleemul Huq is Director of the Internationwide Centre for Climate Change and also Development at the Independent University, Bangladesh.