Durban, 6th December 2011. On 5th December, Bangladesh Minister on Forest and Environment Dr. Hasan Mahmud has visited the photo exhibition stall run by six Bangladeshi civil society organizations (CSO) and six other international networks. The stall has been showing twenty six photos on climate change impacts in water and migration since 29th December in official UNFCCC, Conference of Parties (CoP 17) side events and exhibits place at ICC, Durban.
Six Bangladeshi networks are Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People Network of Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNet), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD), and Network on Climate Change in Bangladesh (NCCB). Six other international networks are, Jubilee South-Argentina, Asia Pacific Movement for Debt and Development (APMDD)-Philippines, LDC Watch-Brussels, 350.Org-USA, South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)-Nepal and Trust of Community and Education (TOCE)-South Africa.
There are twenty six photos being shown, taken by prominent photographer Din Mohammed Sibly with the assistance of Atikul Alam Polash. Most of the photos has been taken south west region especially from Sathkhira on how intrusion of saline water creating drinking water crisis, some photos from country’s south east region too, especially from the island of Kutubdia that how the island is being submerged due to sea water raise. Some photos are also taken from Dhaka city slum. All the photos substantiated by short case studies of fact and figures. Title of the stall was given “voices from the climate change ground zero”. The stall will continue up to 9th December, every day the stall opened from 8.30 am and continue till 8 pm in the evening. The photos has drawn attention of huge delegates who are participating in official CoP 17 process. These photos are intellectual rights free and also available in www.equitybd.org. EquityBD has also organized same sort of photo exhibitions both in Cancun during CoP 16 and Copenhagen during CoP 15.
During Minister Hasan visit, Dr. Abdul Matin from BAPA; Golam Mortoza, Editor Shatahik; Kawsar Rahaman, Chief Reporter, Dainik Janakanta, Imam Hossain, Chief Executive, Nawzowan, Chittagong and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury from EquityBD were also present there.