The NABIC International Winter School 2014 brought together Bangladeshi and Indian students of climate change oriented disciplines, including some of the world’s most outstanding researchers in similar fields. The immediate aim of the venture was, as the title of the Winter School indicates: To share experiences and generate knowledge about coastal and ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal in the context of a changing climate, including the impacts of climate change on society. From a long-term perspective, the Winter School sought to inspire a new generation of climate and climate change researchers from South Asia – a region which is projected to face among the most severe consequences of climate change in future.
Executive Chairman of the Board and the Founding Director of NERSC, Professor Ola M. Johannessen and leading environmentalist, scientist, development expert and visionary thinker in South Asia, Dr. Atiq Rahman co-chaired the Winter School. Together with colleagues from Norway, Bangladesh, India and The Netherlands, the two gave lectures and guided the students through the invigorating weeklong event. Representatives from the Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Planning Commission also gave lectures during the Winter School.
In her speech during the inaugural session, Norway’s Ambassador to Bangladesh, H.E. Ms. Merete Lundemo welcomed the initiative of NABIC International Winter School 2014. The Ambassador stressed the importance of continuous knowledge building and cross-sectorial co-operation to mitigate the impacts of climate change, especially on climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh. “Knowledge is power”, she ascertained, emphasizing Norway’s continued support to climate change research and disaster preparedness programs in Bangladesh.
In her speech, H.E. Merete Lundemo championed The New Climate Economy as advocated by Norway’s PM Erna Solberg during the UN Climate Summit in New York in September 2014. The Norwegian Ambassador praised Bangladesh for supporting international initiatives to reduce global emissions, and for implementing concrete climate friendly measures.
Nansen-Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh (NABIC)