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Munsur visited Kyoto University, Japan to attend a workshop on flood and storm surge disaster mitiga

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ESPA Funded project in SW Coastal Bangladesh...

The ESPA funded, Whole Decision Network Analysis for Coastal Ecosystems (WD-NACE)is coming to comple

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Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) is the oldest and leading university in Bangladesh in the area of technology. The Institute of Flood Control and Drainage Research was established in 1974 in BUET and later renamed as the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) in 2002. IWFM is a premier institute for the advancement of knowledge and development of human resources in water and flood management.  The Institute offers postgraduate degrees for the professional and fresh graduates in water resources development with the objectives of training and enhancing the knowledge and skills of professionals in planning and management of land and water resources, and widening their perspectives on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).   Research activities of the Institute focus on priority areas in water management with major emphases on water resources management in floodplain environment, river and coastal hydraulics, water resources modeling, river morphology, wetland hydrology, hazard management, urban water management, irrigation and water management, groundwater, environmental impact of water development, water resources policy, and climate change.  One of the strategic plans of the Institute is to undertake collaborative and linkage programs in the field of water and flood management. It is in the national interest that such cooperation between the Institute and various local and international organizations be grown. Since its establishment in 1974, the Institute has worked in collaboration with different local and international organizations.

Professor Munsur is the PI of the Bangladeshi counterparts and will have the main responsibility to coordinate all the technical, financial and reporting issues under the project. Professor Salehin is the Deputy PI and will assist Professor Munsur according to his necessity.  However, to facilitate in overall activities, other five faculty members (Prof. Rezaur Rahman, Prof. Anisul Haque,  Prof. Tarekul Islam, Dr. AKM Saiful Islam/Dr Asad Hussain) will  contribute according to their expertise such as: deltaic ecology; livelihood; hydraulics, ground water and coastal modeling; remote sensing-GIS; river and coastal processes; and climatic change modeling and adaptation etc.

Professor Munsur Rahman, the PI of BD consortium of ESPA Delta Project, completed Bsc Engg (Civil) degree from BUET in 1989, Msc Engg and PhD from Kyoto university, Japan, in 1996 and 1999, respectively.  Dr Rahman, joined as an Assistant Professor at IWFM, BUET in 1999 and became Associate Professor and Professor in 2006 and 2008, respectively. During the period of 2002 -2004, Dr Rahman, enrolled as JSPS research fellow in Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University and worked on the low cost experience based techniques in order to solve the wide ranges of water resources problems in Bangladesh and some of the findings are being practiced by BWDB.  Recently, Dr Rahman has started research activities related to formation processes of large scale sand bars in tidal and non tidal rivers together with the growth of charland resources and livelihood strategy of the people living there. During 2007-2009, Dr. Rahman executed a collaborative research with Vietnam, Cambodia and UK funded by DelPHE on the issue of  River Erosion-Bank Protection Works and social response.  His research interests include river channel processes, erosion management, ecosystem services of river and floodplain systems, impact of climate change on river and floodplain morphology, sediment transport, Bridge hydraulics.

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS):  (Policy)

The Bangladesh Institute of  Development Studies (BIDS) is an autonomous public multi-disciplinary  organisation which conducts policy  oriented research on development issues facing Bangladesh and other  developing countries. Its mission is to facilitate learning in development  solutions by conducting credible research, fostering policy dialogue, disseminating policy options, and developing coalitions to promote informed policy making. BIDS researchers also directly contribute to formulation of development policies through participation in government committees and task forces.


In its pursuit to moving forward its mission of building research capacity and conducting in-depth and policy relevant research, BIDS undertakes a wide spectrum of activities covering its mandate of enriching the country’s policy environment, creating awareness on improving the policy responses, enhancing policy analysis and dissemination capacities, and influencing policies.

The Board of Trustees is the highest decision making body of BIDS which is chaired by the Minister of Planning of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.  The Board of Trustees approves the work plan and the budget as well as provides guidelines for developing human and professional capacities. The members of the Board of Trustees can be seen in the following Box.


The Minister of Planning, ex-officio


  • A member of the Planning Commission nominated by the Chairman;
  • The Director General of BIDS, ex-officio;
  • The Chairman or Member of the University Grants Commission;
  • The Governor, Bangladesh Bank, ex-officio;
  • The Secretary, Ministry of Finance, ex-officio;
  • The Secretary, Ministry of Education, ex-officio;
  • The Chairman, Social Science Research Council, ex-officio;
  • The Director General, Bangladesh Rural Development Board, ex-officio;
  • Two Senior Fellows of BIDS;
  • Three Senior Staff Members of the Protishthan Director General, Bangladesh Rural Development Board, Ex-officio
  • A Trustee appointed by the President of Bangladesh.



Dr. K M Nabiul Islam – Brief Profile

Dr K M Nabiul Islam, who is Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Dhaka, obtained higher education in Rural Research and Rural Policy from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, UK and a PhD from the Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, London.

His area of current research includes economic analyses of global warming and flood adaptations, ecosystem, disasters and poverty management, value chains of ecosystem products, water and poverty, institutional devel­opment in water/flood management and flood loss management. Dr Islam has a large number of publications and books to his credit on, among others, global warming and flood adaptation options, micro and macro level flood impacts and their assessment methods, urban floods, institutional develop­ment and people’s participation in water/flood manage­ment, and reconstruction after disasters. Dr Islam is now working as Study Director, Bangladesh Integrated Water Resources Assessment Project (Socio-economic Component), CSIRO-AusAID.

Apart from many articles/chapters in national and international journals, Dr Islam has eight books to his credit, including two books on flood management published from Germany, and one co-authored on Climate Public Expenditure Review, published by GED, Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh. He has recently contributed two Chapters (one, as sole author and the other with Reinhard Mechlar)tothe book The Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters: Assessing the Costs of Prevention, Mitigation and Adaptation,Oxford University Press, UNISDR/CRED,Geneva, 2013.

Dr Islam is involved in the Work Package 1 WP1 of ESPA Project. WP1 is about how governance can influence Ecosystem Services(ES) and contribute to improving health, poverty and  livelihoods through more sustainable use of ES. 


Institure of Livelihood Studies

Institute of Livelihood Studies (ILS):  (Livelihood) The Institute of Livelihoods Studies (ILS) was founded Dr. Hamidul Huq in February 2002.  

Previous work of ILS:Dr. Hamidul Huq of ILS worked as ‘Livelihoods Specialist’ of the ‘ICZMP project’ of WARPO during March 2002 to June 2006. This was a British, Dutch and Bangladesh government funded project. The main outputs of this project were Coastal Livelihoods study report, Coastal Zone Policy, Coastal Development Strategy, Profile of 19 Coastal districts, State of the Coast, and a book ‘where sea meets the land’. ILS conducted several studies, sponsored by Action Aid, of impacts of their interventions through local NGOs in Coastal Zone, Haor area and Hill Tracts. The field of studies were livelihoods, disaster management and people’s organisations. The period of this linkage was 2002 to 2006. Concern Worldwide commissioned ILS to conduct a study to assess impacts of Women Empowerment and Livelihoods programme in coastal river char area of Noakhali district in 2005.

Dr. Hamidul Huq, is Lead Investigator at ILs, working on WP 2.  He has a Masters with BSS Hons. in Social Welfare from University of Dhaka in 1976 and PhD in Rural Development Sociology from Wageningen University in 2000. His dissertation of PhD was People’s Practices:People’s Practices: Exploring contestation, counter-development, and rural livelihoods.Dr. Huq has 25 years experience of working in the field of livelihoods, water resources management, ICZM, governance, and women and child rights. He is knowledgeable in Interdisciplinary Education and Research.

Ashroy Foundation

AshroyFoundation:  (Social Survey)

Ashroy Foundation is a female headed non government voluntary organization established in 1995 by the initiative of devoted group of courageous women & social workerswhich is registered by NGO Affairs Bureau and Directorate of Women Affairs of Bangladesh Government  works for the development of Poor, Landless, Distressed women and Children, Adolescents & Youth, Marginalized group, Disabled, Working children, and Orphaned children, small holder, marginalized  and poor farmer, Local Govt. Disaster affected and vulnerable people etc focusing of women.

The General Body of Ashroy Foundation consists of 21 members of which 7 represent in Executive Committee.  The vision of this organization is “Peaceful democratic and humanitarian society where all people are living with human dignity”and the mission is “To build capacity and raise voice of the targeted population through multidimensional interventions which will lead them in establishing quality education, Agriculture, food security, good health, human rights, good governance and poverty free equitable society to live with dignity and cope with the climate change for ensuring sustainable development.” The main program area is Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jessore, Narail, Pirojpur, Jhalokathi, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali and Barisal districts. Major programmatic area Agriculture for Sustainable Development(improved crops, livestock, fishery production) , Food Security,   Climate Change Adaptation CCA, Disaster Risk Reduction  DRR, , Education, Women and Child Rights, Women Empowerment, Health & Nutrition ,Livelihood development, Human Rights and Social Justice, Good Governance, Advocacy, Networking and Lobbying.

The development partner of Ashroy Foundation are Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), European Union through Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Development Programme UNDP, Cordaid through Concern Universal, Concern Universal Bangladesh, DFID through BUET, Action Aid Bangladesh,Research Training and Management (RTM) international, Bangladesh NGO Foundation, Ministry of Social Welfare, Bureau of Non-formal Education (BNFE), Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Directorate of Women Affairs, Ministry of Women and Children Affairsand National Disability Development Foundation, Ministry of Social Welfare of Bangladesh, BRAC, Centre For Disability and Development (CDD), Disadvantaged Adolescents Working NGO’s (DAWN) Forum, Gono Sakhorota Ovijan (CAMPE) and Bangladesh Open University, Kumudini welfare  trust, IFIC Bank Ltdand others.

Ashroy Foundation is partnered and membership with Gono Sakhorata Avizan (CAMPE), National forum of organization working with the disable (NFOWD), Bangladesh Manobadhikar Samnnay Parisad (BMSP), Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh, National coalition of local women’s organization, Upazila Agriculture Extension and Coordination committee (UAECC) , WBB Trust, DAWN Forum, Adolescent Development Forum, Network for Climate change in coastal best of Bangladesh, Early childhood development network, Basel Action Network, Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction Network, Credit and development forum, District Disaster Management Committee member and Gender and Disaster Network.   

On behalf of Ashroy Foundation, Momotaz Khatun is involved in the Work package 1 (WP1): Task 3 (T3) – Stakeholder participation and Work package 2 (WP2): Task 1 (T2) – Identification of community where it is expected that she will to conduct a series of stakeholder meetings and expert consultations with a view to profiling the stakeholders at all levels with a view to collecting and analyzing documentations related to governance structure and policies. She will provide support the field work and participatory field activities; with the help of ILS they will identify community level stakeholders and pilot-test the initial hypothesis/ models in selected socio-ecological areas through community level social surveys and participatory assessment techniques.

Besides, she will provide supporting services in several other Tasks under different Work Packages, as defined in Annex 2 of the ESPA Project Proposal. There are some specific activities which will include the following:

  • Conduct a number of customized stakeholder and expert meetings in the context of governance issues, i.e. how Ecosystem Services (ES) and health/ poverty reduction are influenced by governance (WP1:T3)
  • Identify the priorities, problems and issues for each group of stakeholders, key policy drivers (within the regional governance structure) (WP1:T3)
  • Develop strategy for stakeholder participation and coordinate stakeholders’ inputs (governance context) to Work Packages 2, 4 and 6 (WP2, WP4 and WP6)
  • Identify community level stakeholders who are willing to take part in the social survey and stakeholder workshops as well as participating in WP3 (quantitative/ questionnaire social survey) (WP2:T2)
  • Pilot-test the initial hypothesis to be created under WP2:T1 on linkages between poverty, physical/ecological change and ES provisions in selected areas within the delta region through community level social surveys and rapid assessment techniques (WP2:T2) 



International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) :  (Health)




Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS)

Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS): (GIS, Database)




Bangladesh Agricultural University

Bangladesh Agricultural University (Fisheries, Agriculture)

Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) is the premier seat of higher agricultural education and research in the country. The main task of the university is to tone up the quality and standard of higher agricultural education and to produce first-rate agriculturists, agricultural scientists and researchers for shouldering the responsibilities of agricultural development of the country. The missions of university have been to develop the art and science of agriculture, fisheries and livestock for the well being of mankind, and to educate agriculturists of high standards of scientific, managerial and professional competence in harmony with the environment, and to share knowledge and skills with world partners. Its academic, research and outreach activities cover all domains of the agricultural sciences and playing entrusted role in increasing the productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries using environmentally sustainable technologies and management practices for poverty alleviation and food security. Among 43 academic departments of BAU,two departments – Soil Science and Fish. Biology & Genetics are involved with ongoing ESPA-Deltas initiatives.

Department of Soil Science

The department was established in August 1962. It is engaged in education and research in different fields of Soil Science. At undergraduate level, it offers eight compulsory (19 credit) and four optional courses (8 credit) for B Sc Ag (Hons) and two compulsory (4 credit) and one optional course (3 credit) for B Sc Ag Engg (Hons) degree. It also offers MS and PhD degrees in Soil Science. Researches on Soils are being carried out targeting sustainable agriculture, food security and environmental protection. Development of Rapid Soil Testing Kit, Rhizobium biofertilizer, mechanism for reduction of grain set failure of crops, a tentative clay mineralogical map of Bangladesh are the major achievements of the Department. Facilities for soil, plant, fertilizer and water analysis are available in the Department. Humboldt Soil Testing Laboratory of this Department provides soil and plant analysis service on payment basis and is open to all. A Rapid Soil Testing Kit is also available in this Department.


Department of Fisheries Biology and Genetics

The department – oldest fisheries academic department in the country- has facilities including laboratories for fish biology and biodiversity, genetics and biotechnology and wet laboratory for implementing practical teaching and research programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In the Wet Lab, facilities for fish breeding as well as larvae and fry rearing are available. Fish Museum and Biodiversity Center (FMBC) under the departmentis one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia given the size and diversity of its exhibits and collections.  The mission of FMBCis to play a vital role in extending its educational outreach to all ages of Bangladeshis and it hopes to inspire, support and assist in the education of millions of Bangladeshis, young and old, on their native fish fauna and the benefits of its proper management. The Department is carrying out researches related to taxonomy, freshwater and marine biodiversity, aquatic ecosystems, reasons behind the loss of aquatic species and habitat diversity, threatened aquatic flora and fauna of Bangladesh, functional morphology and reproductive biology of fish, fish breeding, larval and fry rearing, cryopreservation, genetics and biotechnology. 

Dr. Abu Zofar Md. Moslehuddin, Department of Soil Science, BAU        

Dr. Abu Zofar Md. Moslehuddin is presently working as a Professor in the Department of Soil Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU). He earned his B Sc Ag (Hons) degree of 1987 and M Sc (Ag) in Soil Science degree of 1988 from Bangladesh Agricultural University. Later he completed his PhD in 1998 from the Kyushu University, Japan with Japan Government scholarship. He also worked in Texas A & M University of USA for one year as a Post Doc. Researcher in 2007-08 with IDB scholarship. He also visited Kyushu University as a JASSO follow-up research fellow in 2004, and as Visiting Professor for short terms in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

His key research interests are Soil chemistry, mineralogy, and fertility. He has supervised research work of 35 students as supervisor and 13 students as co-supervisor in MS level while acted as a member of supervisory committee of a PhD student. He has completed one BAU funded and one Kyushu University funded research project while currently involved in one BAU funded, one Japan Government funded and one World Bank funded project.

The major involvement of Dr. Moslehuddin includes -

Work package 4 (WP4): Task 3 (T3) – Future scenario refinement

Work package 5 (WP5): Task 1 (T1) – Identification of core model inputs (Agricultural        modelling)

Work package 5 (WP5): Task 3 (T3) – Data collection and warehousing

Dr. Mostafa Ali Reza Hossain, Department of Fish. Biology and Genetics

Dr. Mostafa A R Hossain is presently working as a Professor in the Department of Fish. Biology and Genetics, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU). He earned his BSc Fisheries (Honous) degree from Bangladesh Agricultural University. Later he completed his MSc and PhD from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK. After the completion of PhD from Stirling, he moved to Kyoto University, Japan and worked there for two years as a Post Doc. Researcher.

His key research interests are Biodiversity and conservation of aquatic animals; different aquatic ecosystems and their present status and changing trend of specie and habitat diversity. 

Dr. Hossain has long been working with a number of public and private entrepreneurs, GOs, NGOs and projects namely DoF, World-Fish Center, FAO, DFID, and CBFM-2 as Reviewer, Consultant, Specialist and Advisor. He published 25 research articles in international peer reviewed journals and 35 articles in Bangladeshi journals. He co-edited a number of journals, and proceedings of seminars and workshops. He is also a reviewer for a number of international and national journals. Dr. Hossain is currently involved in several national and international donor funded research projects on Aquatic ecosystem and species biodiversity and conservation a He published 25 articles in international refereed journals and 35 articles in Bangladeshi journals and co-edited a number of journals and proceedings of seminars and workshops. He is the chief editor of FAN – Fisheries & Aquaculture News (ISSN 2219-9136) and founder director of Fish Museum and Biodiversity Center (FMBC) of Bangladesh. 

The major responsibilities of Dr. Mostafa A R Hossain in ESPA-Deltas includes -

  • WP4-T4 – Multi-scalar linking of scenarios
  • WP5-T1 – Fisheries modelling
  • WP5-T2  – Scenario testing
  •  WP5-T4  –  Model assembly


Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI)

Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI): Agriculture)

BARI (Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute) is the largest national multi-crop research institute of Bangladesh conducting research on a large number of crops, such as cereals, tubers, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables, fruits, spices, flowers, etc. Besides variety development, this institute also carries out research on non-commodity areas, such as soil and crop management, disease and insect management, irrigation and water management, development of farm machinery, improvement of cropping and farming system management, post-harvest handling and processing, and socio-economics studies related to production, marketing, and consumption. The institute functions with the Director General as the chief executive along with three directors of three of its major wings, such as Research Wing, Support Service Wing, and Traning and Communication Wing. The Research Wing executes and monitors all the research programmes and other research activities through 7 special crop research centres, 18 research divisions, 6 regional research stations and 28 sub-stations. At present, more than 700 scientists are working with 202 crops.

 Irrigation and Water Management Division BARI

Irrigation and Water Management (IWM) Division is one of the 18 research divisions of BARI. It is devoted to contribute in increasing the yield and production of agricultural crops through the promotion of irrigation and the improvement of water resources management for sustainable agriculture. In order to achieve this goal, the division conducts Diagnostic Research to identify irrigation and on-farm water management related field-problems, Strategic Research to develop IWM technologies and field-problem solution and Adaptive Research to help disseminate technology and improve technical know-how of farmers and extension workers through training and demonstrations. The major research fields of study for this division are crop water requirement and irrigation scheduling, water conveyance, distribution and application, surface and groundwater management and utilization, on-farm water management and drainage, management of lower quality water for agricultural irrigation and hill irrigation development. Currently, the division is working with saline soil and water management for coastal areas and water management in drought prone areas of Bangladesh.

Dr. Pijush Kanti Sarkar is qualified in planning, implementation and reporting of research programmes/projects on Irrigation and Water Management of upland crops.  He also has expertise in managing, monitoring, supervising and evaluating agricultural research, on-farm research, technology transfer and development projects for sustainable management of resources.  Adaptation to climate change through innovative technologies and integrated farming systems are key resrach areas.

He is the BARI representative of the Agriculture Component (WP 5), supervising and coordinating all research work in the study areas of Bangladesh and assist in developing research priorities. He provides technical assistance to partners in planning and implementation of their work plan, adoption of improved technologies that empowers community and monitors progress and keep suggestions for improvement.


Md. Abdur Razzaque Akanda is a principal water management scientist of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI). He started his career as a researcher in this institute since June, 1984 just after acquiring graduation in Agricultural Engineering (Major in Irrigation and Water Management). He did Master of Engineering (Irrigation Engineering and Management) from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand in 1996. He gathered a vast experience in On-farm water management, irrigation scheduling for different crops, ground water management, micro-irrigation and saline soil and water management, hill irrigation etc. He implemented 4 (four) international research projects successfully with the collaboration of international research institutes like IMWI, ICBA, World Bank, OASE (Netherlands). He earned an excellent expertise in protective culture, micro- irrigation (drip, fertigation, sprinkler etc.) and saline soil and water management for crop production in coastal areas. He visited Thailand, India, UAE, Germany, UK, Netherlands and Srilanka for attending training, workshop, symposium, seminar etc. He published 28 scientific articles in national reputed journals and 5 articles in international journals. He is also an author of several training manuals and booklets for extension personnel and end users. He is also executive members of several professional societies.

He is directly involved in WP-5 of ESPA Delta project specially for field data collection, literature review and conducting field experimentations for primary data generation for model validation. He is also involved in all types of reporting for Agricultural component under ESPA project.

Dr. Sujit Kumar Biswas, a senior water management scientist of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), obtained bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1991 and M.S. in Irrigation and Water Management in 2005 from Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh, Bangladesh. He obtained Ph.D. in 2012 at BAU under a recycling scholarship program within a cooperation agreement between the BAU and Katholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He started his professional career as an Agricultural Engineer in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) of the government of Bangladesh in 1997. Later in the same year, he joined with Irrigation and Water Management Division of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) as a Scientific Officer. He was promoted to Senior Scientific Officer in 2009 and has been working in the same position since then. He is currently doing researches in various aspects of irrigation water management including irrigation scheduling, on-farm water management, micro-irrigation systems (drip fertigation,  sprinkler, etc.), reuse of wastewater for sustainable irrigation, crop modeling, soil water conservation, sustainable management of land and groundwater resources, soil and water salinity management, and climate change and crop adaptation. His special research interest is in conservation agriculture, micro-irrigation systems, hill irrigation, use of lower quality water (saline water, wastewater, etc.) for crop production, and water management in coastal and drought prone areas.  By now, Dr. Sujit has acquired good working experiences in a number of national and international funded projects. He published more than 30 scientific articles in reputed national and international journal.

He is involved in agricultural component under WP5 of ESPA Deltas project. His activity includes collecting crop, soil and water related data- through questionnaire survey and from different government and non-government organizations, and generating primary data on major crops through field experimentations for development and validation of agricultural model. 






Technological Assistance for Rural Advancement (TARA)

  Technological Assistance for Rural Advancement (TARA): Fisheries/ecology

TARA is a NGO working since 1998, registered with Department of Social Services, NGO Affairs Bureau and under the Society Act of Joint Stock Company. TARA has been working on Natural and Culture Fisheries especially on Fish Conservation, Habitat Restoration, Aquatic Environment, Juvenile Justice, Research and Studies, Lightning Safety Awareness etc. Has working experience with University research programmes.

TARA worked with programmes of Government Departments like Department of Fisheries, Department of Social Services, LGED, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) and Donor Agencies/Projects like, DFID supported SUFER Project on fisheries research, CBFM project of WorldFish Center on both research and implementation, Canadian CIDA and DANIDA supported Juvenile Justice, SDC supported Intercooperation and IUCN-SDC supported Tanguar Haor Fisheries programme. Worked jointly with Investigators from Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh Agricultural University, IWFM-BUET.

TARA has exposure to networking and associations within home and abroad. Worked under USAID supported SARI Regional Energy Project, FAO on Basin Management, member of Center of Excellence in Lightning Protection (CELP), University Putra, Malaysia.

Chef Executive of the organization is Dr. Munir Ahmed who is honourary Executive Director and Founder Chairperson.  

Munir Ahmed graduated from Masters (Zoology-Fisheries) and did Ph.D from India in 1992. Started carrier in teaching as Lecturer in Zoology, later worked with Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, DFID (the than ODA period) supported Flood Action Plan 17 (Fisheries Studies) and CIDA supported FAP 6.

Worked for long time in water sector (Fisheries and Aquatic Environment) including Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan as a multi-disciplinary team member in different projects and organisations. Key qualifications are Floodplain Fisheries/Capture Fisheries, Fish Conservation and Sanctuary Designs, Fish Habitat restoration and Swamp Forestry, Fishpasses etc.

Working experience with CEGIS as Fisheries Biologist, RPMC as Fisheries Specialist, Aqua-BETS as Fisheries Consultant, FAO as short term input on Basin Based Fisheries Habitat Restoration, CBRMP-LGED as Fisheries Consultant, PSSWRSP-LGED as Fisheries Specialist, TARA on different aspects (Study, implementation, policy, awareness-advocacy). Recently, he is involved with healthcare services also. Munir Ahmed is involved with different networks in home and abroad and visited different countries in relation to attending conference, making presentations. 

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): ecology






Dhaka University

Dhaka University: Ground Water 









Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO)

Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO)

The Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) is an apex organization under the Ministry of Water Resources, dealing with nationwide water resources planning. In 1983 Government created Master Plan Organization (MPO) with a mandate to prepare National Water Plans. MPO became WARPO under act no. xii of 1992. Flood Plan Coordination Organization (FPCO) was created in 1989 to coordinate Flood Action Plan (FAP) activities and has been merged with WARPO in January 1996

WARPO is a multi-disciplinary organization with a team of 44 professionals from a wide range of disciplines

The Water Resources Planning Act 1992 and the National Water Policy of the Government of Bangladesh mandated and assigned various important responsibilities. These are grouped into two categories, namely: routine core function and periodic function.