Experts for adaptive social protection schemes to deal with disasters

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 17:46, Oct 02,2016 | Updated: 17:51, Oct 02,2016


Experts at a discussion in Dhaka on Sunday underscored the need for taking community-based adaptive social protection schemes in the country aiming to address poverty and cope with the aftermath of any disaster.

‘The government has mechanisms for social safety net programmes. But, we should need community-based adaptation when a disaster hits,’ eminent environmentalist Atiq Rahman told a discussion at BIISS auditorium.

He said it is time to rethink how the local adaptation can be climate resilient one ensuring the participation of local people.

UNDP Bangladesh in association with Unnayan Shamannay arranged the discussion, titled ‘Scope of Adaptive Social Protection in Bangladesh: A Policy, Institutional and Expenditure Review’.

AK Enamul Haque of East West University said income generation should be one of the criteria of adaptive social protection. ‘We should go for smart adaptation…there’re some smart adaptation programmes in the country, and we should follow those.’

Saleemul Huq, a senior research fellow of London-based International Institute for Environment and Development, said Bangladesh can make a positive transformation within the next 15


He said all should take the responsibility and help the government implement its programmes to achieve a successive transformation during the period.

About the loss and damage of climate vulnerable countries caused by extreme events, the climate change expert said the issue — who will compensate the climate victims for their loss and damage — is now being discussed in UNFCCC negotiations.

Describing the young people of a community as assets, he said they should be empowered with training and education to take and implement sustainable adaptive social protection programmes in the country.

Director general of the department of women affairs Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury said the government is planning to take steps to build community-based women leadership so that they can help the vulnerable women and children during disasters.

Making a power-point presentation, senior research fellow of BIISS (Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies)Mahfuz Kabir suggested establishing a concrete institutional support mechanism within the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs for proper implementation of social protection schemes.

Director general of the Department of Disaster Management Md Reza Ahmed, ActionAid country director Farah Kabir and UNDP assistant country director Khurshid Alam, among others, spoke at the discussion.

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