Stakeholders focused on establishing a separate institutional structure for the development of the char areas in Bangladesh.
They made the call at the 2021 Annual Regional Tank Convention in Rangpur on Sunday, which was hosted by the USAID-funded SHOUHARDO III program, implemented by CARE Bangladesh, in association with the National Char Alliance (NCA). .
The agenda for this event was to discuss the state and progress of char development initiatives in the country and explore ways to gain agreement from relevant stakeholders on a ‘Commitment plan for development initiatives for the Char ‘region this may point to key areas for development efforts, a press release said.
AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, MP, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of Bangladesh, was the guest of honor at the opening session. Attorney Shameem Haider Patwary, MP, Member of Parliament (Gaibandha 1), Member of the Standing Committee of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, and MA Matin, MP, Member of Parliament (Kurigram 3), were present as guests of honor at the other sessions. Ramesh Singh, Country Director, CARE Bangladesh chaired the closing session.
Bearing in mind the Regional Char Convention in 2021, USAID’s SHOUHARDO III organized a series of pre-event consultations with representatives of government agencies, the private sector, the business community. , development practitioners and CSOs / NGOs working in the char region.
The pre-event consultation meetings helped achieve the goal of the Regional Char Convention in 2021, which was to establish a common understanding and achieve consensus among relevant stakeholders with a view to comprehensive and coordinated development efforts for the Arctic char regions and to reach agreement among key stakeholders on a Commitment plan for development initiatives for the Char region to track development commitments and deliveries.
Dr Atiur Rahman, founding chairman of the National Char Alliance and former Governor of the Bank of Bangladesh focused on establishing an institutional structure or forum for the development of Bangladesh’s char regions. He also mentioned that among the Tk 1000 crore of the social safety net, only Tk 217 crore was allocated to the region of the tanks covering a population of only 94,000. This allowance must represent at least 20% of the total budget of the social safety net, he added. The ADP allocation for the char regions should be at least 30 pc, he stressed.
Lawyer Shameem Haider Patwary, MP, Member of Parliament (Gaibandha 1), member of the Standing Committee of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, mentioned that Bangladesh is second after China when it comes to migration. climate-induced and in the lead with regard to climate-induced children vulnerability.
Regarding the need for an institutional structure for the char region, he said, “We need to establish a semi-governmental Char foundation / council to lead the development efforts of the char region. Continued political interventions are needed for tank development, he added.
AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, MP, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of Bangladesh highlighted the char development interventions by the Government of Bangladesh, in particular by the Ministry of Water Resources. In this regard, he mentioned the Char Development and Settlement-5 project led by the Bangladesh Water Development Board. Regarding Fort Mujib (shelter), he mentioned it as an innovative model where people and livestock can take refuge during natural disasters. Shameem also recognized the role of non-governmental organizations and NGOs and said that all should work together for the development of the life of the tanks.
Marc Nosbach, Party Leader, SHOUHARDO III, CARE Bangladesh, mentioned that women and adolescent girls living in tank areas are among the most affected, as they are denied equal and fair scrutiny in decision-making in the country. within the family and the community. Despite the various development efforts by various actors and the GoB, the people of the tank region often remain isolated and in many cases the development benefits do not reach them adequately, he added.
The SHOUHARDO III program and RIMES jointly implemented the “Improved Weather and Flood Information System for Community Risk and Resource Management in Bangladesh” from July 2019 to September 2021. The project was implemented. works in 15 unions in 13 sub-districts of the eight SHOUHARDO III districts of the char and haor regions, targeting 10,197 people from agriculture and livestock subsistence groups.
This project sought to enable risk and resource management in poor and extremely poor communities by providing community-based, multisectoral, action-oriented forecasting information that will improve their resilience and potentially reduce resource-related risks. subsistence. The objective of the workshop was to share the experiences and lessons of this recently abandoned project with USAID and relevant government stakeholders. To learn more about the SHOUHARDO III program, visit: https://shouhardo.carebangladesh.org/