Activities in 2009

1. Workshop on IWRM Concepts and Principles: Capacity strengthening of Water and Environmental Academicians of public and private universities To strengthen the capacity of the water and environment academicians on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) This national level workshop containing 20 participants from different universities presented in that program. The specific objectives of the workshop were, To contribute in creating enabling conditions for the water and environment academicians, to play their vital role in water resources management, To sensitize them on the necessity of IWRM courses in academic curriculum and human resources development on IWRM aspects. To conduct the workshop a expert team was formed to identify the potential participants, issue identification about IWRM, resource person identification for IWRM training and case study presentation. An evaluation for the participant was also carried out. The outcome of the workshop were to train up 30 academician of different universities, strength networking and improve communication and knowledge sharing among the scientist and academicians.
2. Delivery of capacity on water and sanitation (WATSAN) management in Bangladesh (Follow up in three more vulnerable areas: Hilly Area, Haor Areas, and Low lying-water logged area as suggested by the CG members)To strengthen the scientific capacity of researchers and to combine this with thematic information on water and sanitation issues in Bangladesh.Series of programs (7 workshop)on national, district, Upazilla (sub-district)  to build capacity of the relevant professionals of different government organizations, NGOs, civil society organizations, community leaders, religious leaders and community people on the aspects of water supply and sanitation. The study districts include Flood, water logged and low lying, Hilly and Haor areas of Bangladesh. Those workshops were covered two broad titles and those are “Strengthening capacity of the community on water and sanitation” and “Strengthening scientific capacity of the researchers on water and sanitation”. 6 types of training manual were also developed targeting to the participants. That program facilitated a concrete bridge between rural and scientific community, which would ultimately integrate indigenous/local knowledge and scientific knowledge on the issues.
3. Case study on the Climate change impacts on wetland ecosystem in exposed coastal zone of Bangladesh: Necessity of IWRM for sustainable managementTo investigate climate change risks for the wetlands in exposed coastal zone and explore measures for sustainable management of this vital ecosystemThis study was conducted in coastal zone, hilly, haor and flood plain area to identify and observe the existing condition of the wetlands, management aspects, different types of risks and vulnerabilities due to climate change. The specific objectives of the study were, To identify the climate change hazards/indicators that affect wetlands in Bangladesh, determine the pathways how this event adversely affect wetlands ecosystem at the community in the exposed coastal zone and other, identify the consequences of climate change and climate variability issues on wetland ecosystem in the study areas and to identify measures for sustainable wetland resources management. For the study area were selected. Primary and secondary data was collected and data were analyzed. A final report was published. The outcome of the report were to understand climate change and climate variability risks on the wetlands ecosystem in the coastal region of Bangladesh, major climate change indicators as potential to pose adverse effect on livelihoods and human community, Identifying possible measures for wetlands to cope with future impacts of climate change. The report will also play role of a base document and will help decision makers for developing adaptation strategies and strengthen capacity of the local people to deal with adverse impacts.
4. Climate Change and Water Resources: IWRM as a Tool to cope with changing condition of the climate system (National level: follow up after regional ToT)The main objective of the workshop is to develop capacity building materials addressing practical issues of water managers, local governments as well as communities in coping with extreme climatic events.The workshop offered training on climate change impacts on water resources and IWRM as means of adaptation tool. 30 participants from such ad Water managers (Government and Non-government organizations), Water researchers, Water academicians, Water consultants , Agricultural professional and fisheries biologists were the target participants for the ToT workshop. The main focus of the program are, Understanding the causes and effects of climate change, with special emphasis on consequences for uses and management of water resources, Identification of opportunities for vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change, Build resilience to extreme climate variability, Development of strategies to cope, Adaptation of water resources management systems to changing conditions and dealing with uncertainty. The methods of the training program were some pre session activities like Identification of topics/issues, resource person/facilitators, case studies in the context of climate change and South Asia and review of the papers and case studies. And in session different presentation, case study, group work, role play and field visit activities were present. The outcome of the ToT workshop was to improve the skill of water sector trainers on IWRM.
5. Capacity building programme for City dwellers on Efficient Water UseTo Inform people about the existing scenario of water supply and related aspects and to educate people about the efficient use of water Promotion of sustainable water resource managementThis capacity building program promoted the water related knowledge of local people. Several training program was conducted, training materials were developed. The training program was followed the following steps. Those are strategies for capacity building, learning process focus of training, some activities like, Development of Training Programme, Selection of the target group, Training Course Development, Conduct Training Programme, Evaluation and Feedback and Develop Promotional Programme. The expected outcome of the program is to capacity building of citizen’s for efficient water use in climate change stress condition.