The fund for climate change mitigation programmes should be spend effectively, observed speakers at a discussion organised by Climate Action Forum at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Discussants at the post-national budget reaction programme said that effective measures are not taken with the limited fund allocated for climate change mitigation programmes giving priorities to the need-based assessments.
The fund allocation process is also very complicated among the different ministries and agencies, they said.
Sometimes, discussants said, allocated funds remain unused.
In his keynote speech, Mizanur Rahman Bijoy, executive director of Network on Climate Change, Bangladesh, said that since the Fiscal Year 2017-18, the government introduced presenting ‘climate change budget’.
In the third ‘climate change budget’, presented by the finance minister at the parliament, he allocated Tk 3,04,038.22 crore in the sector to be used by 25 ministries and divisions.
The allocation is only 0.15 per cent higher than the allotment for addressing climate change in the FY2015-16, which is less than the expectation, he said.
The finance minister also allotted Tk 23, 748.53 crore as climate change fund, which is very nominal compared to the loss the nation was undergoing for climate change, he said.
He also questioned the expenditures of 67 per cent of the Tk 3,197 crore of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund for development activities ignoring the food safety, social security and health issues.
Actionaid Bangladesh official Tanzil Hossain questioned the impact of utilising funds allocated for mitigating climate change.
Former press club general secretary Kamrul Islam Chowdhury said vulnerable people from Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet and Mymensingh did not get adequate support from the government’s climate change resilience programmes.
Unnayan Dhara Trust executive director Aminur Rasul chaired the discussion.
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