Speakers at a sharing workshop on Monday called for strengthening resilience of the most vulnerable communities to cope with water logging in the country, a press release said.
Water logging has become a chronic problem in south-west Bangladesh. Livelihoods of the marginal farmers are affected most by frequent and long term inundation, they said while addressing the National Lessons Learned and Sharing workshop.
The DeSHARI consortium, led by Action Against Hunger (ACF) in partnership with Christian Aid, DanChurchAid and Muslim Aid and being funded by European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), organized the workshop at Spectra Convention Centre at Gulshan in the capital.
Extreme rainfalls, riverbed rising, unplanned urbanization and blocking of drainage system are responsible for the water logging, they said, calling for supporting the victims to help them achieve resilient livelihoods and improved food and nutrition security.
They also opined for promoting adaptive, alternative and sustainable agro-farming systems to ensure maximum utilization of resources in the affected areas.
Reaz Ahmed, director general of department of disaster management, attended as the chief guest while Rene de Vries, head of office ECHO, as special guest at the programme.
Professor Mahbuba Nasrin, director of institute of disaster management and vulnerabilities studies, Dhaka University, Nipin Gangadharan, country director of ACF, Mahfuzur Rahman, country director of Muslim Aid, among others, spoke at the function, which was moderated by Shakeb Nabi, country director of Christian Aid.
Dr. Mohammad Shakil Akhter, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) and Dr. Mohammad Moshiur Rahman, Associate Professor, Fisheries and Marine Resource Technology Discipline, Khulna University, presented two keynote papers.