Activities in 2008

1. Training for Media Personnel in IWRM Concepts and Principles on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Promotion of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) through awareness and capacity building of mass media The objective of the training was to promote the IWRM concept among the Media Personnel and environmental journalists. Media is a strong source for disseminate the IWRM concept among the people and policy makers and connect them in this issue. This training also present techniques for dealing water issues considering its potential and limitations and developing partnership between media and water professionals. 30 participants are taught about different issues of IWRM like: IWRM concept and principles, River Basin Management and Bangladesh: IWRM initiative. The expected outcomes of the training is to increased knowledge and understanding on water issues, building awareness of mass media on IWRM, Increased efficiency of mass media to deal water issues in Bangladesh, Media people as a medium for exchanging message between public and policy makers on promotion of IWRM in the country and developed partnership between media and water professionals.
2. Delivery of capacity on water and sanitation (WATSAN) management in Bangladesh To strengthen the capacity of the people to deal with water and sanitation issues in Bangladesh A series of training program was conducted in this program. The participants are from community people, researches, GO and NGO officials, teachers and social leaders and change makers. In this program the trainings were held in district level, community level, institutional level and stakeholders levels. Community people, social change makers and GO/NGO officials were taught under the title “Strengthening capacity of the community on water and sanitation” covering the following issues. 1. Capacity Building (training) of the community people on water and sanitation issues, 2. Capacity building of the teachers and religious leaders (mosque, temple church etc), 3. Capacity building of local GO/NGOs for taking greater role and responsibilities in ensuring better water and sanitation services and practices of the community people especially poor, children and women, 4. Learning good practices from others and sharing and dissemination the learning with actors and stakeholders to build capacity through workshops. Again the title “Strengthening scientific capacity of the researchers on water and sanitation” was targeted for the researchers to explore the possible ways and means to utilize local and indigenous knowledge on relevant issues in scientific experiments, for the solutions at the community level.
3. Study on Impacts of “Cyclone Sidr” (15 November 2007) on water supply and sanitation in coastal districts in Bangladesh: A Case study/ Research To carry out impacts of cyclone on water supply and sanitation of the affected areas Cyclone SIDR made a severe loss to life and property for Bangladesh in 2007. A study was carried out to assess the impacts of the cyclone on water supply and sanitation. The specific objectives of the study were as follows: To identify the sources of safe drinking water and water for sanitation, To identify the ways and mechanism that how this event adversely affected water supply and sanitation system in the study areas (during and after the hit), To identify the consequences of cyclone sidr hit on water resources (tube-wells, ponds, reservoirs etc) in the study areas and To identify measures to reduce risk in future. For the study a set of tools were used among them, Reconnaissance survey, Collection of secondary data/information, Primary data and information collection, Sample survey and Focus group discussion (FGD) are main. After collection of the data, analyzed and a final report was produced. The final report gives us a clear concept on the impacts of cyclone on water supply and sanitation at coastal community, helps policy makers to design, develop and implement further programmes related to water and sanitation issues, indicate possible coping mechanism for future and act as a base document for the researchers, academicians and students.
4. Training on incorporation of climate change issues in water sector planning and design To develop the capacity of water sector professionals to address climate change hazards in planning, design and management of water sector projects.Government officials, academicians and water sector professionals are the main participants for the training program. The specific objectives of the training program were to disseminate climate change knowledge, impacts and mitigation and planning, management and implementation of water related projects. Renounced resource persons from different research, academic and professional institute conduct those courses. The outcomes of the training program were develop scientific and engineering  knowledge to manage the flood by flood control facilities, improving pumping facility in drainage projects, additional pumping facility in irrigation projects to meet increasing drought frequency, Fortification of coastal embankment in the face of sea level rise

Operation of water sector projects in the face of climate change hazards.