The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MoFL) of the Government of Bangladesh, through the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), in Dhaka on Tuesday, 26 July 2022, paving the way for greater cooperation towards livestock sector advancement in Bangladesh in the context of enhanced climate risks and opportunities management.
Through this MoU, entered into for carrying out initiatives including those under the Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CARE) for South Asia Project, the two agencies have agreed to work together on resilience-building initiatives comprised of, among others, the development and integration of a climate-sensitive livestock sector-specific decision support system (DSS) into DLS operations, as well as capacity-building of DLS officials and other relevant stakeholders in climate-informed planning and decision-making.
Dr. Monjur Mohammad Shahjada (Director General, DLS) and Mr. Raihanul Haque Khan (Country Coordinator, RIMES) signed the agreement on behalf of the DLS and RIMES, respectively, in the presence of the ceremony’s Guest of Honor, Dr. Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury (Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock/MoFL). Present also to witness and express support of the foregoing were Dr. Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal (Advisor, RIMES); Dr. Md. Ali Akbar (Livestock Expert, RIMES); along with other members of the DLS.
CARE for South Asia is a 5-year project running between 2020-2025 that aims to help nurture an enabling environment for climate resilience policies and investments in crucial public service sectors in South Asia through the conduct of two parallel but distinct components. Component 1, which is implemented by RIMES, entails the promotion of evidence-based climate smart decision-making through the establishment of a Regional Resilience Data and Analytics Services (RDAS) and the creation or improvement of national and sectoral DSSs. The DSS for the livestock sector in Bangladesh can be accessed at nlas-wb.rimes.int.
Component 2, on the other hand, is led by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and is focused on enhancing policies, standards, and capacities for climate-resilient development in the region. CARE for South Asia is funded by the World Bank. For more information on the CARE for South Asia project, please visit www.careforsouthasia.info.