Science Talk: Vision for a climate-resilient Bengal Delta

  • Date
    05.07.24
  • Time
    09:00 am > 11:30 am UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference W 113, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Climate Action, Resilient Landscape

Part 1: Role of science in resilience building (30min)

Featuring the different work of AMD in Bangladesh in resilience building, this will showcase innovative adaptation technologies based on nature-based solutions and local potential (in video format). 

Part 2: New Insights on Climate Loss and Action (1 hour)

How is Bangladesh, the 7th most climate vulnerable country preparing for the operationalization of the recently announced Climate Loss and Damage Fund? What several other challenges will impact the effective utilization and access to these funds. Are there systems and structures in place at relevant national and sub-national levels for accessing these global funds, as well as for an agile, accountable, and transparent utilization of these funds? More importantly, will those most affected by climate events (extreme and slow onset) in socially, economically, and ecologically diverse communities have the agency and voice to assess effectiveness and accountability in the processes of compensations? These are questions we will reflect on based on a recent study of Climate Loss and Damage in the Sundarbans regions of Bangladesh and India, all of which suggest a strong need for greater South-South collaboration and national/local capacity strengthening. In addition, we will reflect on how this largely humanitarian / social protection intervention relates to CGIAR work on climate-resilient and inclusive food systems. 

Part 3: The WUR Nature-based Future Challenge: Vision for the next 100 years (1 hour)

In this international student competitions, Wageningen University & Research challenges top students from around the world to design and visualise a nature-based future for the Bengal delta and Bangladesh. The focus on the biggest delta region of the world results from the fact that delta’s are most prone to the effects of climate change.

Over 700 dedicated students from 147 different universities started in November 2023 with visualizing a future for Bangladesh and the Bengal Delta, in which nature and humans work together to mitigate the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss. After 2 pre-selection moments the eleven best teams made it to the finals on June 11th, 2024, in Wageningen.

The Challenge is set up to foster a new generation of professionals and changemakers in the field of nature-based solutions for climate adaptation and a sustainable and equitable future. The results of the Challenge will provide inspiration and concrete pathways for change for decision-makers and a hopeful perspective for future generations.

Providing the best 3 teams with a stage to share their visions with a global community of scientists and policymakers will be an excellent opportunity to receive additional feedback, build up the network that will be crucial to create change, and a source of inspiration and hope for the audience.

Speakers:

  • Deepa Joshi, IWMI/ Asian Mega Deltas