About the 4th Conference – Gobeshona4

 

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The 4th Gobeshona Annual Conference for Research on Climate Change in Bangladesh successfully held on 8-11 January 2018. The conference was branded as  “Gobeshona4″.  It was divided into 2 sections: (1) Local Solutions and (2) Science Policy Dialogues. This year we tried to present research based solutions on the local climate change vulnerabilities in Bangladesh.

Local Solutions

Science Policy Dialogue

Day 1

8 Jan 2018

Day 2

9 Jan 2018

Day 3
10 Jan 2018

Day 4

11 Jan 2018

Barind areas

Coastal, Floodplain and Haor

Forests, Hills and Cities

SDG 13, Climate Finance, Green Growth and Deltas

 

Building Local Climate Knowledge

The geographic features of Bangladesh highly demand local area study to adapt with the changing world. Immense amount of water is funneled from the world highest and wettest mountain ranges of Himalayas and Meghalaya, flowing over this powerful riverine floodplain to the Bay of Bengal. These features influence the internal Rivers, Haors, Barind areas, Hill tracts, Forest and Coastal zones with interrelation.

The impacts of Climate Change are different in these vulnerable regions and so are the adaptation technologies. Gobeshona4 is looking for scientific solutions to move Bangladesh forward. To obtain maximum research findings on these exposed areas, the central theme of Gobeshona4 is “Building Local Climate Knowledge”.

Plenary and Parallel Sessions

The plenary sessions first presented Gobeshona Experience as a Climate Change Knowledge Platform in Bangladesh. Five (5) plenaries were dedicated to the most vulnerable local areas named as Dry ‘Barind’ areas, ‘Haor’ and Rivers, Coastal Areas, Forest and Hills. Besides that, the last plenary focused on the Capacity Buildup of LDC Universities in the South named as LUCCC.

The parallel sessions highlighted important thematic areas like Adaptation Technologies, Food Security, Health, Loss and Damage, Gender, Ecosystem Resilience, Resilience Livelihood, Migration Opportunities, Modelling, Disaster Management, Mitigation, Natural Resource Management and Renewable Energy.

Science Policy Dialogues

The 4th day was the Science Policy Dialogue day. The world prominent climate change scientist, Dr. Saleemul Huq has designed the sessions reflecting his extensive experience on global climate negotiations and mainstreaming climate change in the national policies and actions. We had 4 plenaries and the concluding session of the conference on that day. The first plenary were about two international keynote on Geo- engineering and promoting quality in research at LDCs. The next three plenaries were about climate finance, assessment in Deltas and Green Growth.

Communicating Research

For unavoidable circumstances, we had to cancel the day five (5) where Gobeshona planned to bring successful media personal on discussing how they reach research finding to mass population using the mass media. We hope to host the communication day in the next year.

New Video Session

This time we had two separate call for video abstracts asking from Bangladeshi and Foreign Research and Practicing organizations to submit their videos on important climate change issues in Bangladesh. We got very few but quality videos to conduct two (2) video sessions during the conference.

Like each year, foreign delegates joined Gobeshona4 conference to know how Bangladesh is adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change. We have international keynotes, international presenters, LDC representatives and Bangladeshi climate change academics and experts living abroad as international participants of the conference.

Gobeshona4 was an excellent opportunity for networking with policymakers, government and non-government representatives, donour agencies, international organizations who together learned the latest situations and research on climate change in Bangladesh.