06 May 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies host SERVIR-Himalaya Youth Forum: ‘Empowering Youth with Earth Observation for Climate Actions’
The SERVIR-Himalaya forum ‘Empowering Youth with Earth Observation for Climate Actions’ kick-started on Monday in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED). Forty young people, mostly students from different universities and institutions in Bangladesh, are participating in the forum from 5 to 8 May. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of issues related to climate change among youth in Bangladesh and train them to use earth observation information and allied technologies for climate action. The forum is organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in collaboration with its regional partner, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). It is part of ICIMOD’s SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative, which is supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Dr Atiq Rahman, executive director of BCAS, opened the forum by highlighting its importance. “The SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative has the potential to develop the capacity of young scientists to address the emerging problem of climate change,” he said. He further noted that geospatial tools and a sophisticated database will enable youth to identify problems and develop solutions to challenges resulting from climate change.
The forum participants will learn about geospatial science, earth observation, and its potential to address climate change issues. They will also learn how to use social media sites to share information, maps, and geospatial solutions. In addition, they will be trained on remote sensing, Geographical Information System (GIS) software, and online mapping.
Various individuals attending the forum thanked ICIMOD for providing a valuable platform for youth. Among them were Mr Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura, Secretary at the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA) and a member of ICIMOD’s Board of Governors; Mr Md. Wahidur Rahman, Chief Engineer at LGED; and Mr Abu Sayed, a BCAS fellow and co-director of Nansen-Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies (NABIC). Mr Tripura also announced that the two best participants from the forum would be taken on an exposure visit to ICIMOD.
Mr Sebastian Wesselman, Senior Geospatial Capacity Building Specialist at ICIMOD, introduced ICIMOD’s work, including the SERVIR-Himalaya project, in his keynote address.
The four-day event will encourage and enable the youth in Bangladesh to actively engage in preparedness, risk reduction, adaptation, and mitigation.
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