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An Array of Environmental Problems threaten  Bangladesh

  • Contamination of drinking water; the level of arsenic is more than 500 percent of the WHO recommended safe mark for over 80 million people.
  • Desertification of large parts of the country due to construction of dams and barrages upstream in India.
  • Sea Level rise and the prospect of large-scale inundation
  • Air pollution in urban areas, periodical flooding,  pollution of rivers, the destruction of forests and wetlands

  

 

Our Mission

Unfortunately, efforts by the government are not proving adequate to save Bangladesh’s environment. In fact in many cases government’s activities are aggravating environmental deterioration Read more...

Our Vision

The environment of Bangladesh is deteriorating fast. Urban air quality is plummeting. Ground water is contaminated. Surface water bodies are getting polluted, encroached, and degraded. Solid, fluid, gaseous, and hazardous wastes are overflowing. Forests and open spaces are disappearing. Noise is increasing. Bio-diversity is vanishing. Health conditions are suffering due to pollution. Unless these processes of degradation are slowed down and reversed, the country’s economic, social, cultural, and human progress will be gradually hampered, and Bangladesh will become unlivable in the long-term. Read more...

Our Background

Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) has been set up to facilitate communication about Bangladesh's environmental problems. It is open to all Bangladeshis who are either residing in Bangladesh or living abroad. BEN is also open to non-Bangladeshis who are interested in Bangladesh's environmental problems.  Read more...
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Our Vision

The environment of Bangladesh is deteriorating fast. Urban air quality is plummeting. Ground water is contaminated. Surface water bodies are getting polluted, encroached, and degraded. Solid, fluid, gaseous, and hazardous wastes are overflowing. Forests and open spaces are disappearing. Noise is increasing. Bio-diversity is vanishing. Health conditions are suffering due to pollution. Unless these processes of degradation are slowed down and reversed, the country’s economic, social, cultural, and human progress will be gradually hampered, and Bangladesh will become unlivable in the long-term. 

There was a time, when some used to argue, referring to the so-called Environmental Kuznets’ Curve, that environmental deterioration is inevitable with industrialization and that environmental quality will be restored once the country achieves high income level. However, international experience has now shown that environmental deterioration is not inevitable and that industrialization and economic progress can be achieved without letting the environment to suffer inordinately. Moreover, there are many environmental damages that are irreversible. Hence a country has to care for its environment right from the beginning of industrialization and not wait till the damages are already done. It is now possible to take advantage of the experience and the availability of the technologies in order to avoid the mistakes of the past and to develop while preserving the environmental quality. 

Bangladesh has a very fragile environment characterized by deltaic conditions, extremely high density of population (with already high ecological footprint per unit of land), no large uninhabited open tract, little forest cover, interconnected water bodies, and ubiquitous underground water table. It is easy to damage Bangladesh’s environment, and due to the high density of population, the human costs of pollution are high. Also, almost entire Bangladesh is close to the sea level so that much of the country can get inundated by a rise in sea level. Bangladesh therefore has particular reason to be worried about climate change resulting from global warming. 

BEN envisages a Bangladesh that will industrialize without destroying its environment. It will save its lush green verdure, its rivers and lakes, its flora and fauna from the ill effects of economic growth. BEN wants to see a prosperous Bangla while at the same time being the beautiful, ruposhi Bangla, as described by the poet Jibanananda. Finally BEN wants Bangladesh’s very existence not to be threatened by sea level rise resulting from global warming.

BEN Conferences

  • Special Conference

    Environment Movement and Organization (EMO)

    Date: January 8, 2014 

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  • ICEAB

    International Conference on Environmental Aspects of Bangladesh (ICEAB)

    Date: October 13-14, 2012 

     

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