Monday, July 27, 2009

Bangladesh invests in tackling climate change impacts

New Nation (Bangladesh): The government is going to take a Tk 30,000 crore mega project to address the country's climate change impacts, said State Minister for Environment and Forest Advocate Mostafizur Rahman on Monday. "Under the project, embankments will be extended and the heights of roads and costal areas will be raised apart from afforestation in drought-prone areas and dredging rivers," he told reporters after the inaugural session of an international conference.

Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) and Oxfam GB jointly organised the three-day conference, 'International Civil Society Conference: the Rights of Most Vulnerable Countries in Climate Negotiations', at a city hotel.

Participants from Nepal, Cambodia, Samoa, Switzerland, Zambia, the Maldives, Ethiopia, Niger, Vietnam, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Tanzania and Tuvalu are taking part in the conference as part of preparation for negotiations at the 15th conference of Parties (COP15) in the Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen to be held in December next.

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