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Bangladesh, renowned for its susceptibility to climate-related adversities, confronts a profound challenge in safeguarding its financial sector against the looming threats of climate change. Recent directives from Bangladesh Bank underscore the urgency for banks and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) to disclose their exposure to climate risks. However, bridging the gap between acknowledgment and action remains a formidable task for the financial industry.

Understanding Climate Change Risks:

Climate change poses a dual threat to Bangladesh’s financial landscape, manifesting in physical risks and transition risks. The nation’s geographic disposition renders it vulnerable to recurrent natural calamities, including floods, cyclones, and droughts, imperiling assets and livelihoods. Moreover, the global transition towards sustainable practices threatens to disrupt traditional business models, necessitating a strategic reorientation.

Impact on Financial Stability:

Empirical evidence suggests that banks operating in climate-exposed regions encounter heightened financial instability in the aftermath of natural disasters. Increased probabilities of default, liquidity shortages, and elevated non-performing loan ratios underscore the systemic repercussions of climate-induced disruptions on financial institutions.

Challenges in Risk Assessment:

Despite incremental strides in sustainable finance, banks grapple with myriad challenges in assessing and disclosing climate risk exposure. From the complexities of transition risk evaluation to the dearth of expertise in climate scenario analysis, navigating the intricacies of climate finance demands concerted efforts and resource mobilization.

Proposed Solutions and the Way Forward:

Addressing the climate risk conundrum necessitates a multi-faceted approach encompassing policy interventions, capacity building initiatives, and stakeholder collaboration. Establishing robust risk assessment frameworks, enhancing data accessibility, and fostering ESG literacy among banking professionals emerge as pivotal imperatives in fortifying Bangladesh’s financial resilience.

Climate change:

As Bangladesh endeavors to fortify its financial sector against the perils of climate change, proactive measures and collaborative endeavors are indispensable. By embracing transparency, bolstering risk management capabilities, and aligning strategies with sustainable imperatives, the financial industry can navigate the turbulent waters of climate change with resilience and foresight.

Abu Bakr Alvi
Abu Bakr Alvi
Mr. Abu Bakr Alvi, Senior Journalist Based in Faisalabad

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