Speakers at a workshop demanded an allocation to tackle the impacts of climate change in the upcoming budget to mitigate the losses and damages.
“We need huge amounts of money to mitigate the impacts of climate change,” said Ainun Nishat, professor emeritus of Brac University.
Nishat's comments came at a workshop styled “Climate Budgeting and Accountability in Bangladesh”, organized by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at Nascent Gardenia at Baridhara recently.
The government will allocate a large chunk of the budget for construction of roads next fiscal year as it is the election year, he said. “But, there is question how the money will be used,” he added.
Fahmida Khatun, executive director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue, said the government gives attention to businesspersons before preparing the national budget but not the civil society or others.
“For a long time we have been very vocal about a specific allocation for climate change but there has been no reflection in the budget,” she added.