A Climate Centre offering knowledge about the impacts of climate change and how people can better adapt to them is set for launch on Saturday.
The centre, developed on 57 acres of land in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur, will act as a one-stop solution hub for interactive learning, research, advocacy, capacity development and knowledge dissemination on climate change, climate adaptation and mitigation.
The Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB), a non-governmental development organization, developed the centre as a regional knowledge hub to strengthen climate-resilient low-carbon sustainable development in Bangladesh.
“I firmly believe that this facility will be a centre of excellence and will serve as a knowledge hub, for innovation, cooperation and collaborative action to serve climate vulnerable communities around the globe,” said Juliate Keya Malakar, executive director of the CCDB.
The centre followed green building principles in its construction, ensuring the implementation of energy efficiency measures to reduce energy consumption and environmental footprint, according to people associated with the project.
The Climate Centre will have a Climate Technology Park, a Learning Centre and a Climate Campus.
The landscape of the Climate Technology Park is designed to demonstrate the five main ecological zones of Bangladesh – the coastal mangrove ecosystem, the Char lands, the Haor floodplains, the northern drylands and the southeastern ecosystem of the Hill Tracts.
By visiting the centre, people can learn about 90 climate adaptation and mitigation interventions, which are expected to enhance the knowledge and skills of the public. Visitors will be able to learn about the main impacts of climate change on each zone and how people can better adapt to them.
The centre plans to mainstream transformative community-led adaptation and climate risk reduction through accelerating innovation, capacity development and knowledge dissemination.
A large number of sustainable technologies like solar drip water irrigation, vertical gardening, agroforestry, biogas, fuel-efficient cooking, or desalinization of drinking water are on display in the park. Climate technology solutions for agriculture, water, housing, coastal, renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors are also integrated into these spaces.
Developed as an inclusive platform for climate technology transfer, the centre consists of LEED-certified green buildings and eco-friendly landscapes, which run on renewable energy.
The park will host local and international visitors with guided tours and will offer special programs to women, children and young professionals.