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Integrate climate adaptation in budget demanded

By farjana - Posted on 25 May 2012

 A civil society group, who specially work on climate change, will hand over a memorandum to Finance Minister and all the MPs prior to budget session to press for integrating climate adaptation in the national budget, reports UNB.

Representatives of seven civil society right groups’ climate network and eight organizations announced this at a press conference at the National Press club on Wednesday.

The right groups consist of seven networks; BAPA, BIPNetCCBD, CCDF, CSRL, CFGN, EquityBD and NCCB and the organizations are: BKF, OKS, CGC, CDP, BKS, Humanity Watch, PRAN and VOICE.

The press conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD. 

Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishak Federation gave a welcome address. Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of Network on Climate Change in Bangladesh read out the memorandum.

The group proposed 11 priority points, which include construction of coastal embankment, long term steps to reduce river erosion, land zoning to preserve agricultural land, excavation of ponds and canals to increase reservation of surface water, inclusion of climate issue in all levels of education, extension of BADC up to upazila level to promote local seeds, innovation of alternative water source in hilly areas,