‘Look toward green energy, build resilience’

Japan to help reconstruct quake-hit Sulawesi

Japan is to help Indonesia draw up a basic plan for the reconstruction of Sulawesi Island, which was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami last month.

Shinichi Kitaoka, the president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA, and the Indonesian Minister of National Development Planning, Bambang Brodjonegoro, agreed on this on Sunday.

The September 28th disaster has left more than 2,000 people dead and wreaked havoc in coastal areas, including the city of Palu.

The quake also caused many buildings to collapse in inland areas. The phenomenon known as liquefaction has turned the ground into mud in many places…


‘Look toward green energy, build resilience’


Bangladesh needs more energy from the renewable energy sector to minimize and adapt to damagedone by climate change-induced natural disasters, experts said at a dialogue on ‘Building Resilience through Improved Access to Green Energy’.

The program was held at Long beach Suites hotel in the capital on Sunday, jointly organized by International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Adam Smith International.

ICCCAD Director Dr Saleemul Haq in his opening remarks said:”Though climate change, more specifically disaster management andenergy are two different sectors, they are interlinked.We need to think of both sectors together in the light of building resilience to climate change, as we are among the most vulnerable.”

Large scale renewable power plants are not feasible in Bangladesh due to land shortage, he said, and therefore the country should go for small solar, wind power and biogas plants….



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