Vol. 5 Num 777 Thu. August 03, 2006  

'World environment affected for unplanned dev of rich countries'

Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yousuf yesterday said loss of lives and assets can be reduced by using modern technology in facing natural disasters.

Disturbances are created in the atmosphere due to climate change, he added.

He was speaking at a daylong seminar on “Climate change: Option for adaptation and mitigation in Bangladesh” at a city hotel with Deputy Speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui in the chair.

At least 50 representatives from different government and non-government organisations attended the programme, organised by Globe Bangladesh, a non-government organisation.

Law Minister Moudud Ahmed, State Minister for Environment and Forest Jafrul Islam Chowdhury, Rowshan Ershad, MP, Col (retd) Faruque Khan, MP, water expert Dr Inun Nishat and Globe Bangladesh Advisor Hasna J. Moudud also spoke on the occasion.

Kamal Ibne Yousuf said natural disaster related to global warming is now a hard reality of life and no more an idea of scientific research. As a land of low coastal belt, Bangladesh might have to face a huge loss of life and property due to climate change, he added.

Moudud said the world environment has been affected due to unplanned development activities of the developed world and the developing countries like Bangladesh are becoming victim of the circumstances.

He put emphasis on coordinated regional water management as 90 per cent of water comes from neighboring countries.

Jafrul Islam said the government has implemented massive programmes to protect the country's environment.

Akhter Hamid Siddiqi said public awareness is a must to save the environment.