bangladesh may 23 2012Green and rights organisations on Wednesday demanded adequate allocation in the upcoming national budget keeping climate change adaptation activities in consideration.

The organisations working on climate change made the demand at a press conference at the National Press Club to press home their 11-point charter of demands.

Leaders of the organisers said the demands were raised during focus group discussions in 25 coastal areas, 10 district headquarters and 7 divisional cities and 4 national level and 5 community level meeting on Bangladesh Climate Change Strategic Plan 2009.

The demands include construction of dams in coastal areas for protecting of land from erosion during water surge, taking long-term plan for preventing the river erosion, action against of the people who run shrimp farming in mangrove forest areas, saving the agricultural land by land zoning and excavation of ponds and canals for surface water preservation.

The demands also include opening centres of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation at Upazila levels for storing local seeds, introducing climate change issue in primary to higher education syllabus, alternative earning source for labourers in fishing sector in coastal areas, ensuring alternative sources of the water for hilly and char areas, developing drainage system in urban areas and increasing allocation for health development and population control programmes.

Published in New Age.

Reading out a written speech, Mostafa Kamal Akanda of Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh said they would submit a memorandum to the finance minister and all the parliament members in this connection from May 24 to the day before announcement of the national budget.