The Climate Resilient City Action Plan (CRCAP), developed under the Urban-LEDS II project for Narayanganj city in Bangladesh, received appreciation at a high-level meeting organised by the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) on the 14th of June. The meeting was chaired by Hon’ble Mayor Dr. Salina Hayat Ivy, who highlighted the initiatives of ICLEI South Asia on climate actions in the city. Other pilot projects, such as the installation of ambient air quality monitoring stations (AAQMS), handheld devices, and rooftop solar photovoltaic systems were also acknowledged in the meeting.
In her address, Dr. Ivy praised the CRCAP for integrating necessary climate action strategies into the city planning process, adding that the AAQMS project would increase the opportunities to understand and take necessary steps for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions. The AAQMS handheld device will also help to measure the air quality in areas that are more exposed to climate impacts.
During the meeting, ICLEI South Asia gave a presentation on the CRCAP and the pilot projects implemented under Urban-LEDS II. ICLEI South Asia has also developed reports on the greenhouse gas emission inventory and climate risk and vulnerability assessment through action research and technical studies.
The meeting, attended by officials from NCC, partner NGOs, and other key stakeholders, highlighted the progress being made in the health, climate change, energy, environment, and socio-economic sectors. NCC expressed its willingness to collaborate with ICLEI South Asia on biodiversity projects to achieve local targets and long-term environmental benefits.