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POST TIME: 19 June, 2019 09:21:58 PM
Increase transparency in climate budget: BCAF
Independent Online/ UNB

Increase transparency in climate budget: BCAF

BCAF leaders n a press conference on budget reaction at the Jahur Hossain Chowdhury Hall of Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Photo: UNB

Bangladesh Climate Action Forum (BCAF), a coalition of 42 NGOs, civil society and journalist forums, have called for increasing transparency and good governance in the climate budget.

BCAF leaders came up with the call in a press conference on budget reaction at the Jahur Hossain Chowdhury Hall of Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday morning.

In a written statement BCAF leaders said that the budget allocation for 25 ministries related to climate budget has increased by 0.15 percent from the fiscal year 2015-16 to 2019-20 which is much lower than the expectations of the civil society.

The significant portion of the budget allocation is remaining unused while there is regional discrimination in the budget allocation, lack of transparency and good governance, the statement alleged.

To resolve the matter, Mizanur Rahman Bijoy, executive director of Network on Climate Change in Bangladesh (NCCB) came up with a five-point recommendation.

The recommendations are include at least one percent of GDP allocation to combat the adverse impact of climate change and increasing development cost by at least 10 percent every year.

Formation of separate 'local climatic fiscal framework' and the climate fund under the National Climate Commission was also recommended.

President of Bangladesh Environment Journalist Forum and former General Secretary of the National Press Club Kamrul Islam Chowdhury, Member Secretary of the Unnyan Dhara Trust Aminur Rasul and Tanjir Hossain of ActionAid Bangladesh also spoke at the programme among others.

 

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