Women in Coast suffer for Climate Change: Climate Adaptation Projects Ignored Women’s Vulnerability – Green Groups in Press Conference

Khulna, 18 June 2012
Vulnerable women of coastal zone are ignored in the approved 83 projects under Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF) although the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCTF) highly emphasized on gender and women vulnerabilities. So far, only one project has been taken in only Bhola districts which focus on women and children’s risks. As the women are severely victimized by impacts of climate change, major efforts should be given on them.

The speakers said it today in a press conference jointly organized by CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network), Participatory Research and Action Network (PRAN) and Population Action International at Hotel Royal International, Khulna. CLEAN chief executive Hasan Mehedi presented the written speech before the journalists from print and electronic media. Environmental economist Professor Anowarul Quadir, civic leader Advocate Firoz Ahmed, senior Information Officer M. Zaved Iqbal and journalist Gouranga Nandy addressed the journalists among others. 

Women in the coastal zone of Bangladesh are highly affected by climate change. They are in 14 times more risk than the male counterpart, said Mr. Mehedi in his written speech. The women have to walk more than 10-12 kilometers for collecting potable water for their families. Sometimes they are subjected to sexual harassment during water collection, said Gouranga Nandy. Professor Anowarul Quadir said that the women can be affected by several reproductive diseases by taking saline water and working hard during conceive period. He said, food grain production is likely to decrease and women will be the first victim of food and nutrition shortage whereas the women are the inventor of local adaptation technologies in Bangladesh. 
Civic leader Advocate Firoz Ahmed said, the projects can be implemented smoothly by involving women as participant who are entitled to the service delivery. He asked the journalists to highlight the problems of women in the coastal zone so that the Government can realize the situation and incorporate the issues in the adaptation plan. He said, adaptation programmes cannot be successful without involving women in them because women are the main force in rural areas of Bangladesh.
In the written speech, the green groups raised 7 point demands including:
  • Clearly defining the vulnerabilities of women due to climate change
  • Approving projects on gender and reproductive health under Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF)
  • Reviewing ongoing projects and incorporate gender and reproductive health by redesigning implementation process
  • Establishing a monitoring system for each and every adaptation projects to ensure proper gender mainstreaming
  • Giving priority to the women-headed family, divorcee, widow and women abandoned by husband in climate adaptation projects
  • Development of a set of indicator to assess the climate adaptation projects from gender-aspects, and
  • Launch population control and reproductive health service program under climate adaptation plans.
Amal Saha of daily Janakantha, Quazi Amanullah of daily Star, Abu Tayeb of NTV, Mallick Sudhangsu of daily Sakaler Khabor, HM Alauddin of daily Purbanchal, Hedait Hossain of daily Jugantor, Kamal Hossain of daily Spandan, Harun-Or-Rashid of daily Anirban, Ehteshamul Huq Shaon of daily Amar Desh, Debnath Ranjit Kumar of daily dakkhinanchal, Abul Hasan Himaloy of daily Samakal, Ahmed Musa Ranju of daily Somoyer Khobor, Mahbubur Rahman Munna of Banglanews.24.com, Shariful Islam Salim and Nasim Rahman Kiron of Humanitywatch was present in the press conference among others.

Right Groups Express Concern on Government Silence on Climate Finance and Planning Bangladesh must not be misread to International Community

Published by Maleya Foundation: Thursday, 26 June 2014 11:14

Syed Aminul Hoque of EquityBD addressing the participants
Today seven civil society right based networks express concern on the government’s non-allocation in climate fund in the proposed budget of FY 2014-15 and the silence of environment ministry about climate planning and international negotiation process. They said that this approach will give wrong signal to the international community about the country’s climate related program.
The groups have organized a press conference in national press club titled “Government Kept Silence on Climate Issues might give Wrong Signal to National and International Community” today. The organizers are Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People’s Network on Climate Change and Bio-Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Somaj and Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD). 
EquityBD’s Chief Moderator Rezaul Karim Chowdhury moderated the press conference while the other speakers are Dr Abdul Matin of BAPA, Pychimong Marma of BIPNetCCBD, Sobnom Hafiz of Somaj, Mostafa Kamal Akanda from EquityBD.  
While presenting the keynote paper on behalf of the group, Sayd Aminul Haque of EquityBD said that the International community appreciated the government’s initiative of establishing Bangladesh Climate Change Strategic Action Plan (BCCSAP) 2009 which is supported by Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF) from the country’s own fund as an advance national footstep for climate adaptation and financing. But in the current proposed budget neither the Finance Minister allocated any money for BCCTF nor he mentioned anything regarding climate-planning process in his speech. In fact, which might result counterproductive images of the country both in national and international level? 
Dr Abdul Matin of BAPA mentioned that civil society criticizes corruption in climate fund but it does not mean that civil society is against the fund. The government should go for democratic and corruption free trust fund in this regard and must review and update the climate change strategic planning document like BCCSAP which is prepared in 2009. 
Pychimong Marma of BIPNetCCBD describes the worsening climate impacts in Chittagong Hill Tracts that there is hardly any funding for climate adaptation for that particular area. He also expresses concern on concept of carbon trading. 
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD and the moderator of the press conference demanded a pro-active roadmap from the government and Environment Ministry on how it would apply in the global GCF (Green Climate Fund), which has just started business. The government of Bangladesh also must declare how they will be prepared and lead toward the climate conference in Lima in 2014 and Paris in 2015. He also assured that according to the past days the civil society will cooperate government delegation in all these international negotiations.