Participants at the roundtable on Strengthening Governance in Wetland and Water Bodies Management Policies

The Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) organised a roundtable discussion on “Strengthening Governance in Wetland and Water Bodies Management Policies” on 3rd September 2013 at the Daily Star Centre conference room, Dhaka. The roundtable was organised as part of the activities of the Wetland Biodiversity Rehabilitation Project (WBRP) of Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock. With the technical and financial support from the German Government Department of Fisheries (DoF) is implementing the project. IGS and Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) are jointly supporting the project.

IGS Director Dr. Rizwan Khair opened the roundtable with a welcome speech. The event was moderated by BRAC University Vice Chancellor Prof Ainun Nishat. IGS research associate, SM Gubair Bin Arafat made the keynote presentation summarising the challenges and the points of discussion regarding the wetland and waterbodies policies, which was followed by comments and suggestions from the discussants and participants. The discussion was attended by among others, Syed Arif Azad, Director General, DoF, A Hashem, Project Director of WBRP, ATM Nasir Mia, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Land, Dr. Md. Sainar Alam, Assistant Director of DoF, M. I. Golder, Deputy Director, DoF, Rajshahi Division, Md. Islam Ali, President and Sri Phani Bhushon Malo, Secretary General of National Fishermen Association, Shahzia Mohsin Khan, Manager of Improved Governance of Natural Resources & Biodiversity, WINROCK International and representatives from Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS), WBRP, USAID and GOPA.

Links to the Newspaper reports:

The Daily Star

Dhaka Tribune