Speakers at a workshop on Thursday sought the government’s policy and cooperation to promote Eco-Village Development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The government should adopt Eco-Village Development as one of their core strategies of low carbon development and to ensure the long term socio-economic development, they said in a workshop titled Evidence Based Advocacy for Low Carbon, Pro-Poor Sustainable Eco-Village Development.
COAST trust organised the workshop at its conference room in the city.
Atiq Rahaman of Bangladesh Center for Advance Studies and Salima Jahan, member of renewable energy development authority of power and energy ministry attended the workshop as experts.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, Santosh Patnaik of Climate Action Network South Asia, Lykke Valentin, project coordinator, EVD Project, DIB-Denmark, Shailendra Yashwant Kharat, consultant, India and Mahmudul Hasan of Grammeen Shakti presented key notes on Eco-Village concept.
In his key note presentation, Santosh Patnaik said the concept Eco-Village Development is affordable for communities which
helps poverty reduction and also reducing carbon emission.
The eco-village included the simple solution of implementing solar energy, improve stove, rain water harvesting and organic or non-pesticide agriculture through community participation in the countries, he said.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said Bangladesh is facing huge climatic hazard causing livelihood and asset loss. ‘The context requires both mitigation and adaptation strategies and action for sustainable
development in our country that support through eco-village development concept.’
Mahmudul Hasan said Eco-village is very relevant and commensurate with government’s One house-One Farm project. This project can be included the solar energy process, bio-gas and organic pesticide for agriculture that will support poor people and families for poverty alleviation with sustainable development ultimately, he said.
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