Ecosystems for Life
A Bangladesh – India Initiative
Bangladesh and India have some of the most intricate and complex river systems in the world. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, the three major rivers, along with their tributaries drain an area of about 1.75 million km2 and directly impact the lives of 620 million people.
Ecosystems for Life is a civil society led multi-stakeholder dialogue process to promote better understanding of the management of natural resources in Bangladesh and India.
To address food, livelihood and water security issues, research is focused on five main areas:
- links between food security and water productivity for poverty alleviation
- impacts of climate change, adaptation methods and mitigating strategies
- convergence of inland navigation and integrated water resources management
- links between economic development and environmental security
- improving understanding of ecosystems and habitats, leading to improved conservation of flagship species.
The initiative is being implemented in Bangladesh and India by IUCN Country Offices and managed by the IUCN Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand.
- To increase understanding of the values of ecosystems in the Bangladesh and India subregion using dialogue processes.
- The initiative’s activities are targeted to deliver three key results:
- Shared vision
- To establish a civil society led multi-stakeholder forum for organizations and individuals to engage in constructive and informed dialogue. The dialogue will be complimented by consultative processes, such as collaborative research and studies. Results will be shared through formal and informal meetings, and workshops with the aim to advance the research agenda in both countries.
- A knowledge hub
- To develop a relevant and comprehensive knowledge base on integrated ecosystems management of common water regimes by engaging civil society groups, research institutes, universities, scientists and experts. This will include packaging and disseminating research findings, and developing research-based policy options to share with relevant stakeholders.
- Strengthened capacity
- To foster mutual learning between civil society groups. This will include identifying and promoting best practices, and undertaking training programmes.
The project is Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.