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Combatting climate change with nature-based solutions

Time (GMT +00) 13:00 14:30

Opening remarks 

Robert Chatterton Dickson – British High Commissioner to Bangledesh, Government of the United Kingdom

Md. Shahab Uddin – Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of Bangledesh

Lord Goldsmith – Minister for Pacific and the Environment, Government of the United Kingdom


Saleemul Huq @SaleemulHuq – Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh

Simon Maxwell @SimonMaxwell001 – Senior Research Associate, ODI

Keynote speakers

Ainun Nishat – Professor Emeritus, BRAC University

Mike Morecroft – Principal Specialist, Climate Change at Natural England


Saber Hossain Chowdhury – Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Honorary President Inter-Parliamentary Union

Rizwana Hassan – Advocate, Supreme Court, Bangladesh and Chief Executive of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association

Dave Tickner – Chief Advisor, Freshwater, WWF

Alastair Driver – FCIEEM, Director, Rewilding Britain


As one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change, Bangladesh has experienced first-hand the devastating impact it can have on people, the environment and the economy. The UK’s climate is also changing. Its ten warmest years on record have all occurred since 1990 and the country is increasingly vulnerable to flooding and coastal change, water shortages, food insecurity, pests and disease.

This session examines how nature-based solutions are being used in parallel with engineered interventions in Bangladesh and the UK to provide a variety of mitigation, adaptation and environmental benefits by protecting and enhancing natural capital at the same time as supporting socioeconomic development. In addition to the many challenges related to delivering nature-based solutions at scale, we explore how nature-based investments have the potential to generate employment opportunities for large numbers of low-skilled, daily wage earners that have been adversely affected by the economic downturn.

This event is part of the UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum virtual series which is building momentum on the journey to COP26. Find out about other events in the series.

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