Peoples of Mirsarai coastal area frequently suffered by river erosion, salinity intrusion, arsenic water contamination and strong tidal surges. There were 20 km long mangrove forest along the embankment to protect from sea level rise and massive erosion. But now the large area of the coastal area fully unprotected due to damaged embankment and destruction of mangrove forest. So, 4.5 lakh peoples of the Mirsarai upazila are now living at stake from devastating cyclone and other natural disasters. Climate displaced people are common phenomenon in this upazila and the number of suffered peoples are countless. Speakers are very much worried in the advocacy meeting that was organized by Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) on 16th January’14 with the participation of GOs, NGOs, journalists and civil society groups working for Climate Displaced People under YPSA’s Housing Land and Property Rights Initiative project at upazilla conference room of Mirsarai Upazila Parishad supported by Displacement Solutions.
In the stakeholder consultation meeting, Md. Giash Uddin-Chairman of Upazila Parishad, Mirsharai was present as a chief guest and Md. Ashraf Hossain, UNO of Mirsharai presided the full program. Md. Jahangir Alam (Project Implementation Officer), , Dr. Md. Abdur Razzak ( Upazila Livestock Officer), Md. Humayun Kabir Khan (Upazila Senior Education Officer), Mihir Datta, (Cooperative Officer), Ataur Rahman, ( Upazila Rural Development Officer), Md. Saiful Islam ( Assistant Director of Cyclone Preparedness Program), Md. Alamgir (Executive Director of OPCA), Dr. Md.Jamshed Alam (Managing Director of Matrish Hospital), Nurul Alam, ( staff reporter of Daily Amader Shomoy), Bipul Das ( Staff reporter of Daily Shamakal), Razib Mojumder ( local correspondence of Daily Manob Zamin), Md. Sahadat Hossain (local correspondence of Daily Ittefaq) also participated.
Chief Guest of the advocacy meeting Md. Giash Uddin, Chairman of Mirsharai Upazila Parishad, mentioned in his speech that, YPSA is performing greatly in this area for the betterment of community people. These are a kind of initiatives which focuses on the rights of climate induced displaced families, Bangladesh ratifies the UN charter and we are responsible to ensure the rights of the displaced people. From local administration we are promising our full support in such initiatives from YPSA.
Program officer Mr. Syed Assraf Ullah HLP program introduce short profile of YPSA to the audience and Mr. Prabal Barua presented the key note on HLP rights.