Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said conserving the nature for adaptation to climate change is one of the top priorities of the government along with eradication of poverty, gender imbalances and religious militancy.
The minister said this while addressing as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of 1st International Nature Summit-Bangladesh titled ‘Green Inspiration-2015’ organized by Notre Dame College in the capital on Friday morning.
About 600 students from Bangladesh and Australia, China, India, Nepal, Uganda, Ukraine and USA are joining the two-day summit.
Principal of Notre Dame College Dr. Father Hemanta Pius Rozario presided over the inaugural session. Chief Conservator of Forests Younus Ali, Bangladesh Bank Deputy Governor SK Sur Chowdhury, Cultural Affairs Officer of American Centre George Mesthos, Chairman of Projriti O Jibon Foundation Muqeed Majumder Babu, Vice-President of Mutual Trust Bank Md Jahid Hossain also spoke on the occasion.
Inu said, we must listen to the nature, understand, and do the needful.
Describing Bangladesh as an example for the world in mitigating natural disasters, the minister said, the yearly flood and flush flood, droughts in north, salinity in south, cyclones and storm-surge are our companions. But our flood action plans, early warning systems and cyclone shelters, salinity and flood tolerant seeds and crops have withstand the natural threats. The progress and research on conservation of nature and preparing for climate change is a continuous process, he observed.
Inu said solving this ensuing natural challenge is our moral obligation. Local actions in global perspective are the best approach, he opined.
The minister hailed the summit as a driving force for beginning a new era of awareness in Bangladesh and beyond.
Information Minister also informed the audience of his keen interest in conservation of nature and adaptation to climate change and that he attended Earth Summit at Rio in Brazil in 1992.
Hasanul Haq Inu later inaugurated the summit releasing a bunch of balloons off in air.
Events in the summit include Seminar, Olympiad, Wall Magazine, Photography and Environment friendly projects.