Tag: South Asia

World Wide Fund for Nature - India

WWF-India's goal is the protection of India’s ecological security through the following broad programme objectives 

  • Ensuring conservation of the country’s biodiversity,major ecosystems and critical landscapes.
  • Minimising wasteful consumption and promotionof sustainable and wise use of natural resources by all sectors of society 
  • Promoting the active involvement of rural and traditional communities in the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources.
  • Working towards reduction in the sources and impacts of climate change.
  • Minimising pollution,reducing the use of toxic chemicals and ensuring improved management of toxic waste
  • Enhancing active participation of all sections of society in nature conservation and environmental protection through environmental education,awareness raising and capacity building
  • Ensuring that environmental principles are integrated into development planning,policy and practices
  • Promoting environmental governance through legiglation,policy and advocacy

WWF-India has been working to promote harmony between human beings and nature for more than four decades.

Today, it is recognized as a premier conservation NGO in the country dealing with nature conservation, environmental protection and development-related issues. At a time when the Web of Life has come under increasing threats, WWF-India's attempts have been to find and implement solutions so that human beings can live in harmony with nature, and leave for future generations a world rich in natural resources and natural wonders.

Contact Information: 
172 B, Lodhi Estate
110003 New Delhi
India
IN
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Clean Energy Nepal (CEN)

 

Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) is a non-profit organization focusing on research based education and advocacy campaigns on issues related to sustainable energy use and environmental conservation, particularly in the Kathmandu Valley . CEN is currently conducting an educational and advocacy campaigns aimed at increasing public awareness about the link between the use of fossil fuels and local air pollution/global climate change and promoting the use of clean energy. Rapid increase in the use of fossil fuels is having a detrimental impact on environment as well as the public health of the people of Nepal . This is most visible in the case of Kathmandu where poor transportation system (including a large number of polluting vehicles, insufficient infrastructure, poor quality fuel and a weak management system), polluting industries and loss of green open spaces have had an adverse impact on air quality and is suffocating this beautiful Valley. CEN is committed to reverse this trend by launching campaigns designed to change opinions and behavior, and induce government and citizens to act in favor of clean energy and environment. In order to achieve this goal, CEN is involved in

  • Investigating issues relevant to energy and environment, particularly in Kathmandu
  • Facilitating discussions among key stakeholders
  • Educating the public on the importance of these issues and what they can do about it
  • Advocating for change
  • Assisting in the process of change
Contact Information: 
140 Bulbule Marga POB No. 24581
Thapagaon, Kathmandu
Nepal
NP
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Development Wheel (DEW)

Development Wheel (DEW) is a non-profit development organization founded in 1996 by a few development professionals and researchers to promote self-help poverty alleviation initiatives of the poorest households in Bangladesh. The main focus of the organization is to work for the promotion of the Arts and Crafts sector of Bangladesh through facilitating the development of small enterprises with an aim to generate sustainable self-employment opportunities for under-privileged rural and urban people. Besides, DEW is also active in the fields of climate change, livelihoods security, agricultural promotion, gender issues, essential service, sustainable livelihoods, human rights and good governance in partnership and collaboration with different international and national organizations.

To combat the adverse impact of climate change on the Char dwellers, DEW is actively working to promote adaptation technologies. DEW supports vulnerable groups by providing them with sustainable livelihood technology and runs awareness programs through conducting research, training, IEC materials, rally, etc. DEW also organizes rural livelihood and agricultural biodiversity fair, demonstration, human chain, memorandum, promoting sustainable agriculture practices. The project is supported by Oxfam International under its climate change and Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Programme (CSRL). DEW is one of the members of CANSA-Climate Action Network of South Asia.

Contact Information: 
13-A/4-A (3rd Floor), Babar Road, Block-B, Mohammadpur
1207 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Coastal Development Partnership (CDP)

 

Coastal Development Partnership (CDP) is a not-for-profit, public interest serving progressive development & environmental activist organization, working in Bangladesh. On January 01, 1997, CDP was instituted as a coordinating secretariat for a network of NGOs trying to relieve the sufferings of the people of the waterlogged areas in the southwest coastal region of Bangladesh. Begun as an information exchange and meeting place for advocacy NGOs, gradually CDP become part of the broader environmental movement. CDP has achieved expertise to assist both national & international development process on Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, Sustainable Agriculture, Responsible Aquaculture, Pro-poor Environmental Governance, Biodiversity & Nature Conservation, Women Rights & monitoring International Financial Institutions and UN negotiations. CDP works with socially excluded, extreme poor people, & marginalized indigenous community and grassroots NGOs/CBOs to make a positive difference to the lives of the marginalized indigenous people, rural & coastal poor.

CDP actions address root causes (climate change, disaster, drought, deforestation, social conflict, unplanned shrimp firming, lack of alternative livelihood options, mangrove forest degradation, salinity intrusion, violation of human rights, chemical-based agriculture, irresponsible aquaculture and water logging) of the livelihood problems, human insecurity and environmental degradation of different ecosystems in Bangladesh.

CDP promotes community-based knowledge management practices for sustainable livelihood, vibrant culture & healthy ecosystem. CDP continuously monitor adverse affects of WTO & IFIs (ADB, World Bank) projects in Bangladesh. CDP also works with the leading academic institutions, local government, beneficiaries, and civil society groups for technical support and accelerating advocacy initiatives.

Contact Information: 
MUSAFIR Villa, House No # 53/1&53/2, Flat # B-3 West Agargaon, Sher-E-Bangla Nagar
1207 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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COAST Trust

 

COAST organizes strategically important activities related to development, which in turn, will facilitate the sustainable and equitable improvement of life, especially of women, children and dis
advantaged population of the coastal areas in Bangladesh through their increased participation in the socio-economic, cultural and civic life of the country.

The objectives of the organization are as follows:

  1. To facilitate and participate in survival strategies of the coastal poor, especially of the women and the disadvantaged population to gain socio-economic sustainability and a better livelihood standard.
  2. To support and take necessary steps to mediate initiatives of the poor in realizing their demands on government and other institutions where they have legitimate rights and shares.
  3. To initiate projects and activities, also with others, with the aim of protecting and preserving the ecological/natural resources of the Bay of Bengal and related river basins.
  4. To promote advocacy, lobby and seek alliances for policy formulations and behavioral changes of relevant organizations and institutions and of the poor and disadvantaged population in the coastal areas.
  5. To undertake disaster preparedness and post-disaster rehabilitation programs in the coastal areas.
  6. To undertake humanitarian welfare services specially for women and children of disadvantaged and poor families.

    We have also taken on a renewable energy initiative: “Coastal Renewable Energy Project (CREP)” It  has been in effect since 2002 in central south and south east coast of Bangladesh. The project is supported by Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL). Total number of 5227 solar home systems (SHS) have been installed in households. This project is becoming a popular program among the poor and mid level families considering the low cost and climate friendly pollution free environment in remote chars and islands. People are getting clean energy through SHS and the SHS is also used for cell phone charging, for watching television and studying by students.

Contact Information: 
House# 9/4,Road# 2,Shyamoli
1207 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Christian Aid - Bangladesh

 

Christian Aid in Bangladesh

Climate change and Bangladesh have been increasingly associated in recent years. In one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change, we help to build community resilience to floods and cyclones.

Climate change: the country’s sea levels are rising much faster than the global average. Salty water is salinating fresh water near the coast, and flooding has become more frequent in the last 50 years.

Women: traditionally excluded from making decisions within the family and in a political sphere, women’s empowerment is key to development in Bangladesh. In recent years positive changes are taking place, for example, now in much of the country girls’ secondary school attendance exceeds that of boys. 

Our work

Christian Aid started working in Bangladesh in 1972, and we are currently working through partners in 35 districts.

Our partners range from national level policy and advocacy organisations that focus on climate change to partners that work in the field dealing with the issue of secure livelihoods and gender.

Our main focus areas are climate change, preparing people for emergencies and helping people achieve sustainable livelihoods. Going forward we aim to work alongside local and national government on all of these issues.

Contact Information: 
6/8 Sir Syed Road, Mohammadpur
1207 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation (CCEC)

Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation (CCEC) is a nonprofit grass roots enviro-cultural NGO for the Protection and Sustainable Management of Coastal Ecosystems in Bangladesh through local initiatives and participation. Environmental Education Training for the Primary School Teachers, Biodiversity Conservation involving Sundarban stakeholder, Community Based Mangrove Plantation, Sustainable Harvesting ofSundarban Resources and Climate Change Adaptation strategies are the main activities for Environmental Awareness Raising of the Coastal Communities. Mangroves restoration along the coastal river banks involving Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) leads Co-management approaches. 

Vision: 
Protection and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems in Bangladesh 

Mission: 
Environmental sustainability of Sundarbans coastal ecosystems and poverty reduction of the climate vulnerable communities through grass-roots participation. 

The CCEC was originated by following various initiatives such as:
- growing awareness regarding the conservation of environmental quality in the coastal zone of Bangladesh through sustainable resource management approach
- recently held seminar, symposium, government document such as Environmental Policy; National Conservation Strategy (NCS)
- National Environmental Management Action Plan (NEMAP) have raised the issue of the degradation of fragile coastal ecosystems and have recommended for the formulation of strategies for integrated environmental approach in Coastal Zone Management thus local academics, Environmental conservationist, layers and professionals met in several meetings to discuss ways and means to undertake local initiatives to conserve the coastal ecosystems with grass –roots participation.

Finally CCEC was formed on 5 May 1993.

 

Contact Information: 
Khulna
Bangladesh
BD
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Caritas - Bangladesh

 

Vision 
In the light of the Social Teachings of the Church, Caritas Bangladesh envisions a society, which embraces the values of freedom and justice, peace and forgiveness, to live as a communion and community of mutual love and 
respect. 
 
Mission 
Caritas Bangladesh tries to become a partner of people – especially the poor and marginalized, with equal  respect for all – to attain integral development, to live a truly human life in dignity and to serve others responsibly.
 
We wish to ensure Ecological Sustainability and sustainable livelihood through the use and preservation of Natural Resources and Capacity Building in Disaster Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
 
• Humanitarian assistance to people affected by natural calamities and 
man-made disasters. 
 
• Capacity building of the people in coping with disasters and climate 
change. 
 
• Promotion of innovative steps to minimize degradation of environment 
and depletion of natural resources. 
 
• Promotion of People’s Led Approach/Farmers’ Led Approach (PLA/FLA) 
for sustainable livelihood and food sovereignty. 
 
• Advocacy for climate justice for poverty reduction and promotion of 
indigenous knowledge and community based approaches for climate 

change adaptation. 
 

Our other environmental objectives include:
 
• Undertake awareness campaign and advocate climate justice for poverty 
reduction considering different agro ecological zones and facilitate 
awareness on judicious use of natural resources including climate 
change adaptation.
 
• Define and develop awareness, advocacy and behavior change 
communication (BCC) materials for family, community, institutions to 
disseminate and mainstream good practices; and promote dialogue, 
exchange of information and coordination to ensure rights and well being 
of the climate refugees and migrants.
 
• Join and support local, national, regional and international initiatives to 
develop broad-based awareness, linkage and networking for policy 
initiatives to review and enforce climate justice, environmental 
laws/conventions including climate change adaptation. 
 
• Replicate learning and good practices for sustainable use of natural 
resources, farmer led approach for sustainable livelihood for food 
sovereignty.
 
• Facilitate innovation, implementation and replication of climate change 
adaptation knowledge and technologies at home and abroad. 
 
• Undertake awareness campaign and advocate for safe food for reduction 
of harmful effects of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Contact Information: 
1/C, 1/A Pallabi Mirpur-12
Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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CARE Bangladesh

About Us

Founded in 1945 CARE is working across 70 countries fighting global poverty. By addressing the underlying causes of poverty CARE promotes sustainable development models to empower and benefit the poorest and marginalized. CARE has been working in Bangladesh for 60 years.

Vision

We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.

Mission

CARE Bangladesh amplifies the voices of the poor and the marginalized in ways that influence public opinion, development practice, and policy at all levels. This happens as knowledge drawn from our grass roots and global experience is channeled through purposeful relationships with civil society, government, and the private sector. 

Core Values

- Respect:
We affirm the dignity, potential and contribution of participants, partners, donors & staff.

- Integrity:
We act consistently with CARE's mission, being honest and transparent in what we do and say, and accept responsibility for our collective and individual actions.

- Commitment to Service:
We work together effectively to serve the larger community.

- Excellence:
We constantly challenge ourselves to the highest levels of learning and performance to achieve greater impact.

- Diversity:
We value, respect, and fully benefit from each individual's unique qualities and abilities, in order to fulfill and strengthen our vision and mission.

CARE’s response to climate change is rapidly growing to reflect the scope and severity of the challenge. Our overarching objectives are to empower poor and marginalised people to take action on climate change at all levels and to build knowledge for global change. 
 
In keeping with our core poverty-fighting mission, CARE is pursuing its objectives through the following strategic themes: global policy engagement,  adaptation, making  carbon finance work for the poor, and  organisational change.

 

Policy engagement: Our goal is the ratification of a scientifically sound and socially equitable post-2012 climate change Agreement and the creation of participatory, transparent and accountable processes
to translate its promises into action.
 
Adaptation: Our goal is to empower the world’s most vulnerable people to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to contribute our experiences to global learning about adaptation.
 
Carbon finance:  Our goal is to enable carbon financed land-use and energy projects to support poor and marginalised people to reduce poverty, secure their rights, and adapt to climate change, while ensuring environmental integrity.
 
Organisational change: Our goal is to promote global responsibility for the causes of climate change, as well as solidarity with women and other especially vulnerable people by adapting CARE’s policies, practices and plans to the realities of environmental change.
Contact Information: 
Pragati Center, 20-21 Karwan Bazar
1215 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP)

The Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP) is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of basic as well as action research on socioeconomic development and environment. It was established in 1980 and is registered with the Government of Bangladesh under the Societies Act 1860. The year 2005 is thus the BUP's Silver Jubilee year.

In the field of independent development research and dialogue activities, the BUP has played the pioneering role in this country. When it was established in 1980, it was virtually the first job kind in the country and represented a new vision. It has conducted many seminal research works on key national development issues and played a key role in popularizing roundtable discussions and dialogues on important issues of policy relevance.

It also pioneered public opinion research in Bangladesh, initiating the activity in 1994. Nationally and internationally, the organization is usually known as BUP, which is the abbreviation of its full name. It is now well-established as a leading think-tank of Bangladesh. The BUP's research areas include a wide range of issues relating to sustainable development, covering social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of development efforts. It has also earned wide recognition for its planning forum which organizes policy debates on not only national issues but also regional and international issues.

The mission of BUP is to foster a people-centred culture of development. In pursuit of this mission, it seeks to generate ideas and policy directions through research and dialogue on a continuing basis. The vision that inspirits BUP's work is the vision of Bangladesh as a democratic, economically self-reliant, just, and vibrant society in which every citizen will have access to opportunities for achieving their full human potential in an environment of individual and collective security. Internationally, it envisages a sustainable and equitable global order as the collective broader goal of humanity.

Contact Information: 
House # 50, Road # 8, Block-D, Niketon, Gulshan-1
1212 Dhaka
Bangladesh
BD
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