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Seminar takes on climate change

Effective adaptation and management the key factors to meeting future challenges, experts say

Climate change effects in Bangladesh result in frequent storms, floods and river erosion Climate change effects in Bangladesh result in frequent storms, floods and river erosion
  • Shakhi Halder, Khulna
  • Bangladesh
  • March 2, 2012
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Efficient adaptation and management are two major ways to counter the effects of climate change in developing countries, experts said during an international conference yesterday.

They suggested governments in those countries should produce crops and preserve natural resources using experimental methods that proved successful in drought-prone Ghana and saline-tolerant methods followed in certain coastal regions of Bangladesh.

These were the conclusions of a South Asian regional conference called “Natural Resource Management with Climate Change” held at Khulna University.

The program, sponsored by the British government, drew 50 participants from the UK, Ghana, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

“We are in a race against time to save the environment and natural resources. The methods suggested here can be useful and we need to find more to fight the effects of climate change,” said Dr Cheers Garden, a professor from the University of Ghana.

Dr Mohammad Saifuddin Shah, vice-chancellor of Khulna University said climate change is silently poisoning Bangladesh.

“Hundreds of rivers are slowly losing navigability, while on the other hand more saline water from the sea and connecting rivers are destroying arable agricultural land and biodiversity,” he said.

He noted that wildlife and the biodiversity of the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, is at risk because of an imbalance in fresh and saline water flow caused by climate change effects.

Salma Begum, an environmental science professor at Khulna University suggested farmers should be trained to become more adaptive when growing crops.

A World Bank report published yesterday said Bangladesh needs about US$ 5.7 billion to fund measures to adapt to climate change that will likely see a higher risk of cyclones and inland monsoon floods by 2050.

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