SEMP: The Green Vehicle to Promote Bangladesh Environment

The UNDP supported Sustainable Environment Management Programme (SEMP) is a follow up to the National Environment Management Action Plan (NEMAP). The programme is being executed by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and implemented by 21 Sub-Implementing Agencies within a period of five years. As a multidimensional follow-up action of NEMAP, SEMP aims at sustainable environment management, sustainable human development and a breakthrough in the poverty situation by helping the poor particularly the women. It supports community capacities for sustainable management of environmental resources. The programme will strengthen the capacity of the public sector on policy development in support of enhanced community participation and sustainable management of the country’s enviromnent and natural resources. There are 26 components with a total cost of US $ 26.00 million under SEMP which are categorized under five thematic areas such as (a) policy and institutions; (b) participatory ecosystem management; (c) community based environmental sanitation; (d) awareness and advocacy; and (e) training and education.

SEMP, through its component "Sustainable Rural Energy", is intended to address the recent concern for environmental degradation by the conventional fossil fuels that has drawn the attention of energy planners to increasingly tap renewable energy source for energy production. Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), with its major mandate for sustainable rural development, has been entrusted to implement "Sustainable Rural Energy" component of SEMP for demonstration and transfer of technologies related to the use of renewable energy in Bangladesh.

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