Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100) Youth Action Track (YAT) is a program designed by Wageningen University (Netherlands) and the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), funded by the Netherlands, to connect young Bangladeshi professionals to the BDP2100. Young people were connected with professionals and practitioners working on BDP2100 through dialogues and seminars, and were stimulated to contribute their suggestions and questions related to BDP2100, on agriculture, as well as on urban topics , river and coastal.
The four-month YAT program began in October 2021, after which the young people received training sessions that included several assignments and group work activities. Participants not only improved their understanding of BDP2100, but were also trained to present and relate BDP2100 to their own ideas and work. YAT representatives successfully participated in the Gobeshona 2022 International Conference on March 28 to share their experience. At the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 International Conference, YAT participated in the youth panel on May 26, 2022 with experts on their ideas regarding the BDP2100 and discussed how youth can be more involved. Additionally, YAT has been selected to speak at the Global Center for Adaptation (GCA) Asian Youth Regional Adaptation Forum on May 31, 2022, organized in collaboration with ICCCAD.
Youth Dialogue Side Event at BDP2100 International Conference
Young people had the opportunity to share their ideas, questions and proposals with decision makers during the international conference Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. There were a number of answers and solutions, which were found during the dialogue session.
Here are some of the attendees talking about their experience:-
Prantor Kumar Mondal
The Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100 is a long-term vision of the likely changes and interventions needed to make the Bangladesh Delta safe by the end of the 21st century. I am extremely interested in working in the field of urban green infrastructure development. We need sustainable urban gardening as well as investment in green infrastructure. The gardens of our houses, balconies and roofs not only make our city green, but improve people’s health and well-being and solve the problems of climate change. The Covid-19 recovery plans offer a great opportunity to develop nature-based solutions in cities in ways that protect, conserve and restore our ecosystems and the services they provide. If I could tell others about this problem and about realistic, achievable solutions, we could learn from each other.
Recently, the role of youth in the development of Bangladesh has been widely recognized. However, there is no established platform at the government level where young people from all walks of life can go, share their thoughts and contribute to the development of the country from home. My message is to build an inclusive platform where young people will have regular interactions with policy makers.
Abdullah Eusuf Shishir
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Jahangirnagar University
Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 is a commitment to the future and to sustainability. A guideline for future plans and policies that will ensure continued progress in years to come. We are proud of our participation in Youth Action Track. All economic and spatial plans and policies must be aligned with the BDP2100 objectives. Thus, practitioners, policy makers and students should be given priority and opportunity to participate, in order to increase trust and transparency on the BDP 2100.
Md Arif Chowdhury
Lecturer, Department of Climate and Disaster Management
Jashore University of Science and Technology
Every year, people face the extreme effects of disasters on their lives and livelihoods, while sources of income are damaged due to changing climatic variables such as temperature and rainfall. To cope with poverty and changing climate scenarios, people are trying to get involved in different types of occupations or, in some cases, small businesses. In addition, all over the world, different actions concerning businesses are facilitated under climate change scenarios, while climate-friendly business plans are expected to be launched. Also, to strengthen the strength of vulnerable communities, it is very important to ensure the engagement of young people in income-generating activities, which will contribute to improving the socio-economic conditions and aspects of decision-making.
What modern technologies and adaptive approaches, including nature-based solutions, can be adopted for the future in consideration of climate change or what model can we follow to improve river management in the BDP 2100? How to integrate young people in the process?
The national delta plan should prioritize nature-based solutions in river and flood management over other technical measures and young people can be involved in the implementation, monitoring and dissemination of the policy to the local community. Socio-economic balance and community development can be assessed through the youth and it will be easy to prioritize plans and programs for implementation. Local technologies should be encouraged and regulated in small-scale projects. In many projects, pilot strategies have been undertaken, such as bamboo bands to protect banks from erosion, protection of embankment slopes using jute mats, planting of vetiver grass, construction of transverse dams by automatic dredging every flood season and dredging to improve navigation. These programs should be regulated and monitored more effectively and a database or NBS forms can be created to assess future benefits and young people can be a huge resource in the process.
To ensure that Bangladesh properly uses its demographic dividend, there is no alternative but to give voice to young people from all communities so that they can voice their needs as active agents of change. – a change that is absolutely necessary to achieve a prosperous and resilient delta world that leaves no one behind.
Md. Saiful Islam
Youth engagement in the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100) is crucial in raising awareness and bringing change to youth issues and demanding change. It recognizes that young people play an active role as agents of positive and constructive change and helps them achieve the BDP2100.
The future of Bangladesh and our planet is in our hands. It is also in the hands of today’s young generation who will pass the torch to future generations. We are the young people who are looking forward to the right development and progress, which will be for all of us to ensure and make an easier and more successful journey on BDP2100.
Md Amzad Hossain
Program Officer, Youth Mobilization Unit
The Bangladesh Hunger Project
I express my sincere gratitude to all our BDP2100-YAT members for their immense contribution to knowledge cooperation and capacity building support of young people for the implementation of BDP2100. I realized from the journey with BDP2100 – Youth Action Track that the BDP2100 is a gift from our current generation to future generations. And that dream will come true when the full spectrum of young people in Bangladesh are included. There is a need to mainstream inclusive youth participation: poor youth, gender minorities, youth with disabilities, refugees, ethnic minorities and others into the policy and climate action landscape.
Dr Md Wasif E Elahi
Independent researcher and occasional scholar
University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia
Youth is the future of our country. They are already involved in different activities at different levels for the development of Bangladesh. As BDP-2100 is one of the detailed plans for the future generation of Bangladesh government, the younger generation is expected to be involved in different activities of BDP-2100. The Youth Action Track (YAT) is the first step to including young people in the action and nurturing new ideas for improvement. Like me, many young Bangladeshi researchers are working on the Bangladesh Delta in different fields around the world. They would be more than happy to do something for beloved Bangladesh based on their expertise. I hope our policy makers and senior officials will create more opportunities for young people to get involved and contribute to different projects including BDP-2100.
National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna The Delta is an incredibly dynamic region for its tectonic and geographical situation. The subsidence makes this region more vulnerable and exposed to many natural disasters. It has been found in previous studies that excessive groundwater extraction leads to significant land subsidence in the megacities of Bangladesh. We must formulate a sustainable plan and execute it to reduce anthropogenic impacts on land subsidence. BDP2100 is a revolutionary step taken by the government of Bangladesh with the collaboration of international (research) organizations. As stakeholders, we must each play our part individually to achieve all of the goals of BDP2100.