The Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100 Formulation Project was formally inaugurated on 27 August 2014 at a Launching Ceremony organized by the General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh. Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal launched the project at the NEC Conference Room of the Planning Commission. He stressed the need for development efforts to be continuous, and mentioned that climate change is a global phenomenon affecting everyone everywhere. “We see southern part of Bangladesh having flood whereas northern part has drought. Since this is a problem affecting everyone, it has to be dealt with together,” he added. He also thanked the Government of Netherlands for their cooperation to Bangladesh in tackling delta management issues. H.E. Mr. Gerben de Jong, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh, spoke at the ceremony as well, mentioning that Netherlands as a delta faces challenges similar to Bangladesh, and is happy to work together to share knowledge on delta management issues.
The strategies in the BDP 2100 will address issues of flooding, drought, sea level rise, salt water intrusion, water safety, coastal polders, land management, river system management, agriculture, and food security. Technical experts of Bangladesh and the Netherlands will conduct a baseline study on 19 such issues in order to prepare the plan. Prof. Jaap De Heer, Team Leader of the Technical Assistance Team supporting the process, mentioned that the plan will be adaptive and that the plan will be a living document which is ready to be adapted as and when the need arises to do so. He mentioned that the information generated by the 19 studies in 8 clusters will be collated together to form a holistic plan.
In his speech, Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Minister of Water Resources stressed the need to consider transboundary issues in the delta plan, “Water is a major component in delta management, but one cannot look at water issues in Bangladesh without looking at neighbouring countries. Pollution in India is affecting Bangladesh. Deforestation in Nepal is affecting Bangladesh.” He stressed on the need for the Delta Plan to be adaptive and for solutions offered to be acceptable to people on the ground. “Why produce a perfectly sound technical plan which is viable but not acceptable to the people?” he asked. He further mentioned that solutions need to take into account budgetary constraints of implementing agencies to make them feasible.
Minister of Disaster Management and Relief, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya appreciated the need for such a holistic plan with a long term horizon and said, “We need to be able to predict the future in order to be able to plan for it. What should the height for polders be? Not what it used to be 50 years ago. We need to know what the future holds.”
Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member, GED thanked the attendants for participating in the launching ceremony. He expressed his gratitude to the Honourable Prime Minister of the Government of Bangladesh for approaching the Government of Netherlands for their support in water resource and delta management, and thanked the Government of Netherlands for responding with technical and financial assistance. The project is being funded by the Governments of Bangladesh and the Netherlands, and will be carried out under the leadership of the GED at a cost of Tk 878.644 million. Mafidul Islam, Joint Chief, GED, Planning Commission is the Project Director of the BDP 2100. In addition to representatives of various government ministries and agencies of Bangladesh, the Government of Netherlands, the technical assistance team supporting the formulation of the plan and other stakeholders attended the ceremony.
More information/ media mentions on the launching ceremony available below:
1. Govt embarks on making mega plan (The Daily Star)
2. Delta Plan 2100 launched for water, food security (The Financial Express)
3. 100-year delta plan to reduce climate risks (Dhaka Tribune)
4. Delta plan to arrest adverse impact (The Independent)
5. Project launched to formulate BDP 2100 (The News Today)
6. Project launched to formulate Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100 (UNB)
7. Project launched to formulate Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (The Bangladesh Today)
8. All ministries to be involved for implementing Delta Plan: Kamal (BSS)
9. শুরু হয়েছে ডেল্টা প্ল্যান তৈরির কাজ (Banglanews24)
10. ডেল্টা প্ল্যানে সহায়তা দেবে নেদারল্যান্ডস (Daily Jugantor)
11. জলবায়ু পরিবর্তনের প্রভাব মোকাবেলায় শত বছরের প্ল্যান (Dainik Janakantha)
12. জলবায়ুর প্রভাব মোকাবিলায় সরকারের মহাপরিকল্পনা (Bangladesh Protidin)
13. শত বছরের ডেল্টা প্ল্যান তৈরির কাজ শুরু (TheReport24)
14. পানিসম্পদ নিয়ে তৈরি হচ্ছে শত বছরের ডেল্টা প্ল্যান (Bonik Barta)
15. ডেল্টা প্ল্যান তৈরির কাজ শুরু (Jugantor)
16. শত বছরের ডেল্টা প্ল্যান তৈরির কাজ শুরু (Dainik Bartoman)
17. শত বছরের মহাপরিকল্পনা ডেল্টা প্ল্যানের কাজ শুরু (Samakal)
18. জলবায়ু পরিবর্তন ঝুঁকি হ্রাসে ৮৭ কোটি টাকার ডেল্টা প্ল্যান (Naya Diganta)
19. ১০০ বছরের ডেল্টা প্ল্যান তৈরির কাজ শুরু (Arthosuchak)