A Climate –Resilient South Asia: Turning Climate-Smart Investment Opportunities into Reality
organized by SAARC CCI on 15 th July, 2018 at Dhaka Bangladesh. SAFE thanks SAARC CCI for the integration of civil society organizations for showcasing the diverse innovations and interventions at climate-community interface, particularly that’s making a sustained difference by turning climate smart investment opportunities into Reality. The seminar created immense opportunity for 8 member states delegates to participate, interact and build the future action network for Climate-Resilient South Asia.
SAARC CCI is an apex body of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, striving for economic integration of the South Asian region for the last 25 years. At the plenary session; Amrita Chatterjee, Director (Communications) SAFE presented ‘ResolveTrash2Cash’; a community based recycling enterprise based on Integrated Solid Waste Management, ISWM; an urban- climate initiative of SAFE. This project is now being successfully implemented in India, Bhutan and Bangladesh and is supported by UNEP 10YFP, and India Bhutan Foundation. Ms. Chatterjee said, “Let not the political boundaries limit our joint climate initiative in South Asia; it’s a call for stronger partnership and ground level action towards sustainable future of South Asia”.
Climate change presents a risk it also presents an opportunity. South Asia has among the highest economic growth rates in the world and represents a little over 7 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. The countries in the region have enormous untapped opportunities in climate-smart investing in sectors including renewable energy, transport, green buildings, urban wastewater, climate-smart agriculture, and municipal solid waste management.
The seminar is a milestone event and it significantly showcased and streamlined the strategies based on innovation and entrepreneurship, bringing new knowledge, new models of business and good ideas in one platform.