Workshop: NbS in Bangladesh’s development policy
The International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCAD) in Bangladesh, which is supported by the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, held a workshop with the Bangladesh Planning Commission to discuss the role of nature-based solutions (NbS) in national development plans. The workshop formally introduced the concept of NbS to relevant government departments, and stimulated discussion of how NbS could be mainstreamed into development policy.
Nature-based solutions are already widely implemented in Bangladesh, however, there is ample opportunity for consolidation and sharing of knowledge, and greater integration of NbS into the national development strategy.
Key recommendations from the session were:
– NbS should be incorporated in Bangladesh’s upcoming five-year economic plan
– Further details on use of NbS for climate change mitigation and adaptation should be added to Bangladesh’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the Paris Agreement
– NbS should be included in the Development Project Proforma, so that nature-based methods are always considered for development projects
– A NbS database should be created, to encourage a deeper understanding of NbS and aid identification of best practice
– Supply chains in the food sector should be examined, to incorporate NbS and reduce damage to biodiversity from agriculture
– Local communities should be at the centre of NbS planning and implementation