Climate change is one of the most critical global concerns of this generation. The impact of climate change on the Himalayan region mountain system are evident in rapid melting of glaciers, loss of snow cover, changes in vegetation cover, biodiversity loss, erratic weather pattern and increasing frequency and magnitude of natural disaster. Bangladesh is situated at the bottom of the Himalayan system and also threatened by the ice melting water from Himalayan and sea level rise of the Indian Ocean. All the climate factors have influence on the social and environmental security of this country. The climate change factors are affecting every segment of society in one way or the other. Future generation of Bangladesh will face enormous challenges due to climate change. It is therefore important to bring about awareness among youth and actively engage them in areas of preparedness, risk reduction, adaptation and mitigation.
The Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) believes that the youths have that potency to act as a climate activist and be a positive agent of change by engaging them within the country, regionally and internationally. After the successful completion of the first SERVIR Himalaya Youth Forum in 2012 with the collaboration of ICIMOD and experiencing the enthusiasm of the youth, BCAS and ICIMOD encouraged in organizing this again.
This youth forum is part of the SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The SERVIR Himalaya Youth Forum Empowering Youth with Earth Observation Information for Climate Actions in Bangladesh
Students of Hons. 3rd, 4th year and MS students age bellow 25 can apply. And those who attend the previous youth forum will not be eligible to apply.
To apply, go to http://bit.ly/1fIDupl and complete the Online Application Form by 31st March, 2014.