CLIMATE COLLABORATION. The Norwegian Ambassador, Ragne Birthe Lund, and the Minister of Environemnt and Forests in Bangladesh, Hasan Mahmud, met this week to discuss Norwegian support for climate change efforts, as well as other environmental topics. . 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka.CLIMATE COLLABORATION. The Norwegian Ambassador, Ragne Birthe Lund, and the Minister of Environemnt and Forests in Bangladesh, Hasan Mahmud, met this week to discuss Norwegian support for climate change efforts, as well as other environmental topics. . Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka

Collaboration on Climate Change

Last updated: 11.01.2011 // With two thirds of the country located less than five meters over sea level, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries for climate change effects. Norway acknowledges this harsh reality, and is currently supporting several climate change and disaster preparation activities in Bangladesh.

- We are both coastal countries and surrounded by water, stated the Minister of Environment and Forests in Bangladesh Hasan Mahmud in the beginning of the meeting between the Norwegian Ambassador and himself earlier this week. Even though Norway and Bangladesh share a long coastal line in common, the consequences of a rising sea level are far more devastating for a country like Bangladesh.

 

Funding and capacity building


 

Today, Norway is supporting Bangladesh’s efforts to tackle climate change in several ways. As recently as in July, Norway signed a cost-sharing contract with UNDP-Bangladesh to benefit the Bangladesh Government’s Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme. Under the agreement, Bangladesh will receive approximately 100 million NOK (USD 16.8 million) from Norway over a five-year period (2010-2014).

Norway is also focusing on capacity building through institutional collaborations. In 2009, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies started their collaboration. Their focus areas are on capacity building for studying, mitigation, and adaptation to climate change and linkage to natural disaster risk reduction.

Similarly, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute is cooperating with the Geological Survey of Bangladesh in the field of geo-hazards such as tsunami, earthquakes, rainfall induced landslides, coastal erosion and subsidence.

 

Minister follow-up

 

- The meeting proved an excellent opportunity to follow up on some of the issues that our Minister of Environment and International Development [Erik Solheim] addressed during his visit in November. This also includes environmentally safe and sound ship breaking, said Ambassador Lund following the meeting.


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