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12:00 AM, January 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:35 AM, January 13, 2018

Home-grown technology key to battling disasters

Bapa-BEN joint conference told on 1st day

Bangladesh should prioritise its home-grown technologies and develop those further on its own to combat disasters such as flood, landslide and waterlogging, experts said at a conference yesterday.

Rather than depending on foreign consultants and donations, the government should formulate a long-term plan incorporating existing technologies to get a permanent solution to such calamities, they said.

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) and Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) jointly organised the conference at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) in the capital.

Although these disasters are caused by the nature, numerous anti-environmental activities by the people increase the intensity and frequency of these disasters, they said.

The two-day conference was organised with an aim to identify the main reasons for flood, waterlogging and landslide that have been occurring frequently in different parts of the country in recent times.

Speaking as the chief guest at the conference, eminent economist Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud said, “We have a misconception about development. That's why we are building anti-environment infrastructures in the name of development.”

The infrastructures may produce temporary benefits, but these cause long-term damages to the nature, he said, adding that such development activities should be stopped.

Noted economist Dr Nazrul Islam, also the global coordinator of BEN, said most of the previous measures, taken by the government based on suggestions made by foreign experts, failed to reduce damages caused by the disasters.

Therefore, local knowhow and technologies should get the priority in development works and for curbing the disasters, he added.

Bapa Co-Chairperson Prof M Firoz Ahmed said flood, landslide and waterlogging have become more dangerous due to various activities of man. “We should be more active to protect the nature for the next generation.”

MA Matin, general secretary of Bapa, and Iqbal Habib, member secretary of the conference organising committee, also spoke.

A total of 70 scientific articles will be presented at 20 different sessions during the two-day conference, which will end today. The conference will also be attended by a number of environmental scientists, university professors and green activists.

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