Studies show decline in forest density and an increase in poisonous substances in water bodies in the Sundarbans due to Climate Change, causing habitat fragmentation and biodiversity loss. Bangladesh must take immediate steps for conservation of the ecosystem, through national and international efforts; this must include joint management of protected areas, and actions against those contributing to degradation of the ecosystem.
14 February was declared as 'The Sundarbans Day' in 2001 to support the conservation of the important ecosystem. The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world, located in the delta region of the Bay of Bengal. Its intricate network of tidal waterways, mudflats, and diverse flora and fauna play a crucial role in maintaining coastal ecosystems and play a significant role in the Ecosystem of Bangladesh.
Recent policy shift in Bangladesh promoting ‘clean energy’ over ‘renewable energy’ has been an impediment to adopting nature-based sustainable solutions for a secure and sustainable future.
At COP28, leaders of 123 nations, including Bangladesh, promised to double the global average annual rate of energy efficiency improvements from about 2% to over 4% by 2030 under the Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge (GREEP).
They also committed to prioritising energy efficiency as the "first fuel" in policy, planning, and major investment decisions.
Findings from the newly released report from Change Initiative on ‘Follow the Renewable Energy Finance in Bangladesh’ show that Bangladesh Needs to Show More Competitiveness in Power Purchase and Transparency in Tarriff Determination to Attract More Investment in Renewable Energy.
Change Initiative (CI), a leading advocate for environmental sustainability, made a significant impact at the BUP Environmental Fest and Career Carnival, held on October 4th. The event, organised by the Environmental Club of BUP (EnCBUP) of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), was a vibrant platform for environmental enthusiasts and career seekers to converge and explore opportunities in the realm of climate action and sustainability.