Staff Correspondent: A major stride in sustainable urban development was taken today as the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry has successfully introduced ‘Climate Resilient Inclusive Urban Masterplan (CRIUMP)’.
This master planning approach and methodology will support the cities to be more adaptive, climate resilient and inclusive. This marks a significant step towards sustainable knowledge and development through the Climate Resilient Inclusive Smart Cities (CRISC) Project, said a media release on Saturday.
This launch, a testament to the enduring impact of the CRISC Project, was celebrated at the project’s closing event in Quamrul Islam Siddique Auditorium, LGED Bhaban in Dhaka.
The LGED also launched its Web-Based Training on the ‘Muktopaath’ platform in the closing event.
Financed by the German Federal Government and jointly implemented by the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and LGED, the CRISC Project has been pivotal in fostering urban climate resilience in Bangladesh, it reads.
The event, a blend of memory-laden recollections, plenary and parallel sessions and networking, marked the culmination of CRISC’s journey.
The plenary session opened with LGED’s Mohammad Nazmul Hasan Chowdhury, the CRISC project focal, extending a warm welcome.
Principal Advisor of CRISC Mohammad Hamidul Islam Chowdhury then delineated the key accomplishments of the project. Notable figures, including Dr. Andreas Kuck, GIZ Bangladesh’s Country Director, and senior LGED officials, hailed the CRISC Project as a cornerstone in making Bangladeshi cities more inclusive, climate resilient, and intelligent, according to the release.
Dr. Kuck lauded the project as a symbol of international cooperation and a catalyst for sustainable urban planning.
Following the plenary, the event featured three parallel minuscule workshops, focused on the climate-resilient inclusive urban master plan with approaches, institutionalization of the model Development Project Proposals (DPP) and tools for city annual budgets and digital platforms for sustainable knowledge management.
As chief guest, Dr. Md Aminur Rahaman, additional secretary to Development Wing of the LGD, highlighted the project’s innovative integration into national planning and its role in overcoming challenges through partnership and trust. How project activities were aligned with the national policies like the Perspective Plan of Bangladesh, Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, etc, it reads.
He emphasized the government’s commitment to sustaining and leveraging the CRISC project’s outputs for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Bangladesh.
The event concluded through handing over climate-adaptive master plans and approach and a comprehensive toolkit for climate-sensitive investments to the ministry to make the cities sustainable and climate resilience during future city planning.
The closing remarks underscored a collective call to action towards a sustainable and resilient future.
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