Bangladesh in need for greenhouse gas inventory to tackle climate change: experts

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-18 00:24:58|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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DHAKA, April 17 (Xinhua) -- As Bangladesh is heading towards middle income status, the country is in need for greenhouse gas inventory, officials and experts said on Wednesday.

It is high time for the country to pay attention to climate change mitigation along with adaptation, said the speakers at the launching ceremony of a report titled "Third National Communication of Bangladesh to the UNFCCC."

As a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bangladesh prepared the "Third National Communication" with financial and technical assistance of the Global Environmental Facility and the United Nations Development programe (UNDP).

The report covered information such as national circumstances, inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in Bangladesh and programes containing measures to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions towards achieving the objective of the UNFCCC and the constraints and gaps in relation to financial, technical and capacity-wise needs.

"Compared to other countries, Bangladesh emits relatively little amount of the greenhouse gases due to anthropogenic factors. Although we do not have any international obligation for climate change mitigation as per common but differentiated responsibilities principle under UNFCCC, we are taking measures to show solidarity with the international community," said Bangladeshi Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) Md Shahabuddin.

MoEFCC Secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury underlined the process and importance of the report.

"The report provides an updated status of national circumstances along with greenhouse gas inventory for 2006-2012 of different sectors and measures to facilitate adequate adaptation and appropriate mitigation," he said.

Kyoko Yokosuka, deputy resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh hoped that adaptation and mitigation measures proposed in the report would be useful for the government and development partners to promote the Sustainable Development Goals and green growth.

"Our capacity building support for climate resilient development and green growth to the government will continue," she said.