The trend of natural disasters is on the rise in an alarming manner putting the poor and ultra poor people living in remote areas across the country at risk due to adverse effects of climate change.
To get relief from the disastrous impact of climate change and reduce the proportion of natural calamities, there is no alternative to raising awareness among people, experts said.
They came up with these observations while addressing the concluding session of an international convention on climate change at the auditorium of Independent University in city yesterday.
Speakers said, "Though the proportion of disasters has increased in the country in effect of climate change, the volume of damages has nowadays come down compared to the previous time as knowledge on climate change and disaster issues has grown among people.
They now learn how to protect them from the onslaught of disasters." "A proper strategy is needed on disaster management to adapt with the adverse impact of climate change. If necessary awareness is created among people, they will be able to protect their lives and properties."
"Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country among the world. People of the country face various types of disasters like flood, river erosion, landslide, water-logging, drought, excessive rain and earthquake. This is why, they should know how to adapt with the nature and combat disasters.
If people get global warning and become alert on the outcome of climate change, they will be capable to ensure food security, sustainable development and lessen the damage and risk of disasters caused by climate change. People should stand against harmful acts like hill cutting, deforestation, river bank grabbing and setting up of brick kilns in arable lands, they added. "
A number of experts and researchers took part at the conference started on January 8 organized at the initiative of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCD).
The researchers revealed their opinions and findings of their studies on climate change issues and placed some recommendations with a view to overcoming the problems. They also stressed the need for enhancing people's competency and preserving natural resources to combat the disasters.
Dr Shamsul Alam, Senior Secretary of the General Economics Division in the Ministry of Planning attended in the program as chief guest, while Runa Khan, Executive Director of Friendship, climate specialist Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of ICCCAD; Dr Atiq Rahman, Executive Director of BCAS; and Farah Kabir, Country Director of Action Aid-Bangladesh among others spoke on the occasion.
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