Workshop on River Navigability and Inland Shipping in Bangladesh

Workshop on River Navigability and Inland Shipping in Bangladesh: Economic Importance and Impacts of Environmental Change On a recent trip to Bangladesh I collaborated with Dr. Bishawjit Mallick (Chair of Environmental Development and Risk Management at Technische Universität Dresden), the environmental activist collective Riverine People, and Professor Md. Monirul Islam at Dhaka University, and representatives of the School of Environmental Science and Management at the Independent University of Bangladesh and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development to organize a workshop on River Navigability and Inland Shipping in Bangladesh with a focus on the economic impact of formal and informal use of inland waterways for passenger and cargo traffic.

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Two US Professors meet DU VC

Prof Dr Steve Goodbred and Prof Dr Jonathan M Gilligan of Vanderbilt University in United States of America (USA) met Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University (DU) Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman at his office on the campus on Tuesday. During the meeting, they discussed the possibilities of strengthening the ongoing joint collaborative academic and research programmes on climate change, environment, river erosion, water pollution and arsenic being conducted by the two universities.

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Scientific and Informed Research Needed on Waterways

Workshop on River Navigability Scientific and Informed Research Needed on Waterways National and international experts, academicians, researchers, civil society organizers are expressing their concern that changes in the river network of Bangladesh is being evident day by day. An expert workshop on this issue has stressed the need for scientific and informed research on this field. The workshop titled “River Navigation and Inland Shipping in Bangladesh: Economic Importance and Impacts of Environmental Change”” was held in the CARS Auditorium of University of Dhaka Saturday.

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Vanderbilt researchers studying Bangladesh for harbinger of climate change impact

Bangladesh uniquely interests U.S. climate change researchers for a pair of reasons: Its place on the globe makes it particularly vulnerable to devastating weather events, and it’s a predominantly Muslim nation that maintains a secular, pro-Western outlook.

Vanderbilt University’s Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, Steven Goodbred, professor of earth and environmental sciences, Brooke Ackerly, professor of political science, and their team travel there frequently though funding from the Office of Naval Research, The National Science Foundation, and other agencies, using Bangladesh as a climate change harbinger for our own coastal regions. Particularly evident is the way land use mismanagement, similar to what happens here, has affected flooding.

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National assessment overstates public access to safe drinking water in Bangladesh

Far fewer people in Bangladesh have safe water than the state government has estimated, new research shows. In addition, many people who do not have access to safe drinking water are under the mistaken impression that their water is safe, drinkable, and clean.

According to the latest national assessment, 85 percent of the people in Bangladesh have access to safe drinking water. However, the new research uncovers two major problems that the national statistics don’t reflect.

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