Posted 27 August 2011, by Editor, The Financial Express (International Publications Limited), thefinancialexpress-bd.com
RANGPUR, Aug 27 (BSS): Experts and environmentalists today said there is no alternative to adaptation with adverse impacts of climate change and cutback emissions of green house gases since existence of the people are at risks.
“The climate change has caused grave concerns to the agriculture, environment, ecology, bio-diversity, climatic patterns and all other concerned sectors everywhere in Bangladesh, the worst climate victim nation,” they said.
They urged for concerted efforts to reduce the risks of disasters and adapt with untimely and devastating floods, droughts, tornadoes, cyclones, massive river and coastal erosions, pest attacks, short falls in crop productions and other natural calamities.
Talking to BSS, Head of Agriculture and Environment of RDRS Bangladesh Dr MG Neogi today narrated as his NGO has been working towards the directions of climate change adaptations in the most disaster-prone areas in Rangpur division.
“We have so far adapted 18,000 households in the remote char areas in Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari under assistances of Norwegian Church Aid, Church of Sweden, Fin Church Aid, Dan Church ID, European Union and CLP,” he said.
Huge activities are being conducted to assist the landless char families in raising plinths of their houses, providing solar panels and chargers, boats, cows and disaster kit boxes and introducing rice-fish and short duration paddy farming.
Nutritious fodders for the cows, setting up of 157 paddy banks with one tonne paddy reserve for each bank to face seasonal lean periods, vegetables, home and floating gardening, tree plantation and other assistances are being provided to the beneficiaries.
To adapt the climate change victims with the situation, Advisor of the NGO and renowned agriculture scientist Dr Syed Samsuzzaman said 556 solar power units and many biogas plants have been set up in the targeted char villages at the lowest ever costs.