In recognition of the fight against climate change, Bangladesh’s climate expert Professor Salimul Haque received the UK’s ‘Royal’ award in the New Year.
The name of this Bangladeshi climate scientist has been included in the list of Order of the British Empire (OBE) published on the first day of the English New Year on Saturday.
This information was given in a notification of the British High Commission in Dhaka on Saturday highlighting the contribution of Professor Salimul Haque in preventing climate change.
The list of honors was released in the UK on the English New Year and the Queen’s birthday in June.
The title was awarded for outstanding contribution to the international arena, including the United Kingdom.
In an immediate response, Professor Salimul said, “Receiving the OBE Award is a matter of great honor and joy to me.
“As a dual citizen of Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, I have been working with various universities and researchers in both countries for the past two decades to address these two global challenges, poverty alleviation and climate change.”
Salimul Haque has been nominated for the OBE title in recognition of his work in tackling the adverse effects of climate change in Bangladesh and his work in building adaptive skills around the world, including in Bangladesh and the United Kingdom.
It is said that Salimul Haque has dedicated his professional life to helping developing countries and people at risk of climate change to develop their adaptive capacity to deal with its effects.
For the past 35 years, his scientific research at major universities and institutes in the United Kingdom and Bangladesh has been providing information on international policy making.
Professor Salimul, the lead author of ‘Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan’, is also working with ‘Nationally Determined Contribution’ and ‘National Action Plan on Adaptation’ programs.
The expert is a government adviser on climate change and a key member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The British High Commissioner in Dhaka, Robert Chatterton Dixon, said:
“He has become one of the most trusted and respected advisers in this climate change crisis with his dedication, concentration and commitment to society.”
Earlier, in April 2021, Bangladeshi Professor Salimul was included in the list of the most influential climate scientists in the world. Reuters published this list of one thousand selected people in the world.
The director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development and Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB) is ranked 206th on the list.
Salimul passed BSc (Hons) in 1965 from Imperial College London. He did his PhD in Botany from the same college in 1986.
He has been the director of the Climate Change Program at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) since 2001.