Nap Expo-2024 inaugurated by Prime Minister
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Nap Expo-2024 inaugurated by Prime Minister
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Dhaka, April 22, 2024 (BSS) : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the four-day UN Climate Adaptation Conference titled 'National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Expo-2024' and Bangladesh Climate Development Partnership (BCDP). He inaugurated the NAP and BCDP at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the capital this morning. Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Simon Stiel, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Farhina Ahmed and UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Gwen Lewis spoke. Around 383 delegates from 104 countries have registered with UNFCCC to participate in Expo-2024. While representatives of various ministries, departments and organizations of the country, climate experts, NGO representatives and volunteers are attending the orientation meeting. By attending this conference, everyone will be mutually benefited by presenting various topics related to the adaptation programs of different countries. NAP Expo is an international forum, where various countries, organizations and other relevant stakeholders exchange experiences in NAP formulation and implementation. The Expo will also have training sessions to address the gaps and needs related to the NAP formulation and implementation process in developing countries. Bangladesh will organize various sessions at the Expo. The Environment Minister of Bangladesh said that there are a total of 23 stalls in this conference where the adaptation programs of different countries are displayed. In 34 sessions over four days, experts will discuss transformative adaptation, financial processes, adaptation activity monitoring, evaluation tools and gender responsive adaptation. 13 stalls allocated for Bangladesh will highlight climate adaptation issues. Bangladesh can also gain experience from the orientation program shown at foreign stalls. Various ministries and domestic and foreign organizations will participate in the expo to showcase their climate adaptation activities. At the beginning of the program, the national anthem of Bangladesh was performed.


National Adaptation Plans

National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) are crucial instruments for countries to outline their strategies for adapting to the impacts of climate change. These plans are developed by individual countries to assess their vulnerabilities to climate change and to identify and prioritize actions to build resilience. Here's how the process typically unfolds:
  1. Assessment of Vulnerabilities: Countries first assess their vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change across various sectors such as agriculture, water resources, infrastructure, health, and ecosystems.
  2. Identification of Adaptation Measures: Based on the vulnerability assessment, countries identify adaptation measures that can reduce their vulnerability and enhance resilience to climate change. These measures can include infrastructure upgrades, changes in land use planning, agricultural practices, and the development of early warning systems.
  3. Prioritization of Actions: Countries prioritize adaptation actions based on their effectiveness, feasibility, and cost. This involves considering the potential benefits and trade-offs of different adaptation options.
  4. Implementation and Monitoring: Once priorities are identified, countries implement adaptation actions and monitor their effectiveness. This may involve capacity-building, securing financing, and ensuring coordination among government agencies, civil society, and other stakeholders.
  5. Review and Revision: NAPs are dynamic documents that may need to be reviewed and revised periodically to reflect new information, changing priorities, and emerging challenges related to climate change.
Overall, NAPs are essential tools for countries to mainstream adaptation into their development planning processes and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. They also play a critical role in fulfilling countries' commitments under international agreements such as the Paris Agreement.

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