In cooperation with the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC, Copenhagen Consensus Center organized roundtable discussions with an aim to figure out smarter solutions to the most problematic issues facing Bangladesh.
May 31, 2015
WORKING WITH 30-50 economists including Nobel Laureates, 100+
sector experts engaging major development organizations, NGOs,
government, businesses, youths, rural and urban Bangladeshis to
identify, analyze and prioritize interventions that will deliver greater
benefit per taka spent, helping move Bangladesh towards Vision 2021
and a more prosperous long term future.
In cooperation with the Research
and Evaluation Division of BRAC,
Copenhagen Consensus Center
organized roundtable discussions
with an aim to figure out smarter
solutions to the most problematic
issues facing Bangladesh.
These roundtables are
one of several sources
for research ideas.
Sourcing ideas and solutions
Smarter solutions for Bangladesh
Complete set of papers
on 30-50 solutions
Academia Pvt sector
across the country
Social, economic and
research by top Bangladeshi,
and international economists
Extensive peer review by sector
experts and academics
100+ ideas on
policies & investments
the public via
and social media
(1 of 8)
• Phase out fossil fuel subsidies.
• Increase use of renewable energy such as solar, wind
and hydro power.
• Increase use of 'off grid' solar for remote areas.
• Educate school-going children about climate change
and its effects.
• Encourage use of solar power in irrigation.
• Conserve fresh water from rainfall and prevent its loss
occurring from surface runoff.
• Prevent over-exploitation of groundwater (especially in
(2 of 8)
• Use the card system used for irrigation (in Barind area)
for conservation of ground water.
• Encourage farmers to use AWD as a water-saving
alternate irrigation method.
• Introduce rationing of irrigation water and charge fees
based on volume of water used.
• Increasing the height of aisles between farmlands by 6
inches to conserve 60-70% of rainwater.
• Small rivers can be cross dammed in suitable places to
store water for irrigation.
• Recharge sub-surface water level.
(3 of 8)
• Provide alternative cash crops to coastal farmers to
discourage shrimp farming, which is increasing
• Update Environment Policy of 1992.
• Research on migration from climate vulnerable areas
and impact on livelihood systems.
• Rainfall pattern and crop planting pattern should be
• Raising awareness regarding climate change mitigation
and carbon emissions.
• Community involvement in natural resource
management, particularly women.
(4 of 8)
• Disaster management information dissemination in
Haor areas through radios and mobile phones.
• Tidal surge pillars for recording tides mileage.
• Improve water governance.
• Use of Teesta barrage to conserve water.
• Reducing social conflicts over water resource sharing.
• Digging canals and ponds for conserving water.
• Early investment to change thinking and traditional
dependency on fossil fuels.
• Enhance use of ‘Bangladesh Climate Change Trust
Fund’ and ‘Bangladesh Climate Change Resilient Fund’
to support forestry sub-sector
(5 of 8)
• Project prioritized actions in annual, three years, five
years and long term budget framework to demonstrate
demands for climate budget.
• Enhance climate change adaptation financing through
the Green Climate Fund.
• Strengthen national early warning systems regarding
cyclones, storm surge and floods for more accurate
• Repair and rehabilitate river embankments and
• Mainstreaming climate change adaptation into annual
development plan projects.
(6 of 8)
• Prioritize building cyclone shelters across coastal zones,
based on population density.
• Implementation of Gender Action Plan on Climate in
collaboration with relevant ministries.
• Implement a major nationwide program of social
forestry and coastal ‘greenbelts’.
• Enhance understanding on low carbon development
targeting officials at both national and local level.
• Large RMG and textile manufacturers can tap into
multilateral expertise and funding to switch to cost-
(7 of 8)
• Identify an anchor institution for improvement in
coordination and communication among different
institutions working towards climate change
• Increase investment in research and innovation, for
development of salinity and flood tolerant variety of
rice and vegetables.
• Reduce greenhouse gases from manufacturing
industries such as cement and steel rerolling.
• Provide incentives to reduce emissions in the dairy
• BCCSAP revised, evaluated and prioritized to establish
synergy with strategic decisions.
(8 of 8)
• Behavior change communication initiatives alongside
non-pecuniary means to encourage energy
• Formulation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100 for
combating the effects of climate change.
• Create incentives for design, implementation and
maintenance of disaster risk reduction investments at
• Explore women’s involvement and potential in climate
• Investment in the up-gradation of current institutional
setup to utilize the whole-of-government approach for
climate change readiness.
Full List of Attendees and
Moyen Uddin Ahmed, Sr. Manager, BRAC DECC.
Shrabana Datta, Sr. Researcher, Mesovision
Dr. Md. Abdur Rashid, Chief Scientific Officer & Head,
Md. Quamrul Islam, Director, VERC.
Dr. Sujit K. Bala, Professor, BUET.
Dr. Nepal C. Dey, Sr. Research Fellow, BRAC RED.
Ratnajit Saha, Sr. Research Associate, BRAC RED.
Dr. Mahfuzul Haque, Adjunct Faculty, University of
Ina F. Islam, Deputy Director, ICCCAD, IUB.
Shabel Firuz, Country Director, Islamic Relief.
Mahfuzar Rahman, Program Head, BRAC RED.
Mizanur Rahman, Consultant, Drinkwell.
Md. Reaz Uddin Khan, Lecturer, C3ER, BRAC