Govt urged to promote eco-villages to reduce carbon emission
Published : Friday, 25 August, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 372
During an experience and knowledge sharing workshop on low carbon emission, the CSO representatives have demanded the government to cooperate in policy making, so to popularize Eco-Villages in Bangladesh. It is believed to contribute in achieving the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
They also opined that government should consider developing Eco-villages as one of its core strategies for ensuring low carbon emission.
The workshop titled "Evidence Based Advocacy for Low Carbon, Pro-Poor Sustainable Eco-Village Development (EVD)" was held at the COAST Trust conference room at Dhaka's Shamoli. It was moderated by Syed Aminul Hoque from EquityBD. Dr. Atiq Rahaman of BCAS (Bangladesh Center for Advance Studies) and Salima Jahan, Member Policy Research SREDA (Renewable Energy Development Authority under the Ministry of Power and Energy) also participated as expert guests.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury from EquityBD, Santosh Patnaik of CANSA (Climate Action Network South Asia), Lykke Valentin, Project Coordinator for EVD Projects on behalf of DIB-Denmark, Shailendra Yashwant Kharat an Indian consultant and Mahabub Alam of Grammeen Shakti have respectively presented their key notes on the Eco-village concept.
Among others Shamsuddoha of CPRD (Centre for Participatory Research Development), Md. Jahangir Hossen of CDP (Coastal Development Partnership), Mihir Biswas of BAPA (Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon), Prodip K Roy of CSRL (Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood) and Altab Hossen of Samakal also spoke and shared their experiences on the expansion, perspectives, challenges and policy developments regarding Eco-villages. While presenting his key note, Santosh said that developing Eco-village is easily affordable for local communities, and it helps in reducing poverty and cut down on carbon emission.
Eco-villages have become imperative in terms of combating Climate Change. Its concept includes the simple solution to depend and popularize solar energy, improve stove, harvesting rain water and promote non-pesticide agriculture through community participation.
On the issue of eco-village development, Dr. Atiq Rahaman said that we have plenty of opportunities to promote it. Moreover, we can also be mutually benefitted in the South Asian region by developing appropriate policies, businesses model and technologies.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said, Bangladesh is currently branded as "Climate Ground Zero" and while facing huge climactic hazards. The country's contextual reality requires both mitigation and adaptation strategies and actions for ensuring sustainable development in our country.
Mahmudul Hasan said, "Eco-village is very relevant and commensurate with government's 'One house-One Farm' project.
Eco-village projects can be included in the solar energy process, bio-gas and organic pesticide projects that will support our poor people and families for reducing poverty following sustainable development.