Policy Engagement for Promoting Negotiated Approach in Water Management23rd March 2017, Khulna, Bangladesh
On World Water Day, District Administration Khulna organized a meeting at District Administration Conference Hall where Higher Level Government authorities engaged in water resource management were present. Deputy Commissioner Md. Nazmul Ahsan, Shariful Islam, Executive Engineer, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Md. Zahid Parvez, Executive Engineer, Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE), Md. Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Managing Director, Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (KWASA) and around hundreds of participants like civil society organizations-NGOs were participated this meeting and provide their opinions on water resource management and impact of climate change. In this meeting ATM Zakir Hossain, Executive Director, JJS presented a key presentation on the water accessibility scenarios in rural and peri-urban khulna. He highlighted water related issues both in rural and peri-urban areas and impact of climate change. He also mentioned negotiated approach could be a solution for sustainable underground and surface water management both in rural and peri-urban areas. Everyone praised the negotiated approach for sustainable peri-urban water security issues. Md. Zahid Parvez, Executive Engineer, DPHE Khulna highlighted Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.1 and 6.2 and urging overall support for proper implementation of water and sanitation related SDG goals in Bangladesh. Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Managing Director, KWASA introduced their large scale ongoing project for ensuring safe drinking water at all the 31 Wards of Khulna City. He also added that ground water level is declining day by day that’s why Ward No 01 to 09 faces an acute crisis of safe drinking water. Chief Guest Md. Nazmul Ahsan, Deputy Commissioner, Khulna welcomed everyone for celebrating this World Water Day. He also added that we have problems for saline in water in Khulna Region. He said that awareness is important and infrastructural development (desalination plant, pond sand filter and safe drinking water options) is also essential for sustainable water management. Not only government should have the responsibility for infrastructural development but also NGOs should come forward. He also committed for taking immediate actions of canal re-excavation and illegal canal land grabbing. Newspaper Clip
Mango Tree Meeting Series
World Water Day 2015, The Netherlands under Shifting Grounds Project20th March 2015, The Netherlands
Following the inception meeting in Kolkata, a pre-scoping visit was conducted by Sharlene Gomes and Poulomi Banerjee with the help of Parthasarathi Banerjee from The Researcher, during the last two weeks of October. The purpose of this visit was mainly to become familiar with the overall groundwater situation in peri-urban Kolkata and meet with local stakeholders. Part of the visit was spent connecting with government agencies in Kolkata, whilethe remainder involved site visits to several panchayats in Sonarpur and Barrackpur II, including their Block Development Offices (BDOs).
Negotiated Approach Workshop7th October 2015, Kolkata India & 10th October 2015, Khulna Bangladesh
Annual Project Meeting11th & 12th October 2015, Khulna Bangladesh
Project Inception Workshop16th October 2014, Hotel Lindsay, Kolkata, India