Successful COP28 Side Event: C3ER Drives Dialogue on Disaster Resilience through Nature-Based Solutions and Collaborative Partnerships

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C3ER successfully organized a significant side event at COP28, held in Dubai, UAE 🇦🇪, hosted within the Bangladesh Pavilion 🇧🇩. The “Disaster Resilience through Nature-based Solutions and Technology Transfer” event took place on December 3rd, 2023. This event was a collaborative effort between C3ER, UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and Care Bangladesh. The session served as a platform for insightful discussions on the central theme of disaster resilience, focusing on integrating nature-based solutions and technology transfer. The collaboration with esteemed partners and the engagement at COP28 underscored our commitment to addressing pressing global challenges and fostering meaningful dialogue on sustainable solutions.

The primary objectives of the event centred on showcasing the significance and opportunities inherent in disaster-resilient infrastructure through Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). Notably, the session featured key presentations by distinguished speakers, including Dr Nandan Mukherjee, Lead (Adaptation and Climate Resilience) at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, University of Dundee, and Mr Mrityunjoy Das, Deputy Director of Humanitarian & Resilience at CARE Bangladesh. These experts provided keynote addresses, offering valuable insights and perspectives on the crucial theme of disaster resilience and emphasizing the pivotal role of nature-based solutions. Their contributions enriched the discourse, contributing to the event’s overall success in achieving its objectives. The collaboration with such esteemed speakers reflected the commitment of C3ER to facilitating knowledge-sharing and promoting innovative approaches to address the challenges of disaster resilience.

The distinguished Chief Guest at the event was Mr Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Member of Parliament and Special Envoy to the Honorable Prime Minister for Climate Change and Environment. Adding to the significance of the occasion, the event hosted esteemed Special Guests, including Dr Farhina Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC); Ms Suchi Vora, Resilience Evidence Coalition Lead at the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP); Dr Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus and Adviser at C3ER, BRAC University; and Mr Ramesh Singh, Country Director at CARE Bangladesh. Their presence underscored the importance of the event and brought diverse perspectives to the discussion on disaster resilience through nature-based solutions. Ms. Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Coordinator at C3ER, BRAC University, skillfully moderated the session, ensuring a cohesive and insightful exchange of ideas among the distinguished guests and participants. The notable lineup of Chief Guests and Special Guests reflected the event’s high-profile engagement and highlighted the collaborative efforts to address pressing environmental challenges.

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