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Celebration of International day of the World’s Indigenous People’s

International day of the world’s indigenous people’s was celebrated by ECDO on 9 August 2018. ECDO celebrated this event with theme of ‘Indigenous Peoples Migration and Movement’. On the occasion of this event ECDO organized a colorful rally in the morning in Sylhet city with the active participation of different indigenous people’s organization and local civil society members. And in the afternoon, ECDO jointly organized a discussion session with the Committee of Concern Citizen (CCC) of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) at CCC Sylhet office. The discussion session was presided by Mr. Aziz Ahammed Selim, senior journalist and the chairman of CCC Sylhet. At the beginning of this session Mr. Lakshmikanta Singha, Executive Director of ECDO was delivered a welcome speech. Advocate and ex-president of Sylhet Bar Association Mr. Emad Ullah Shahidul Islam was present as moderator of the session. Ms. Nongpoklai Sinha, Coordinator of ECDO made a multimedia keynote presentation related to the event.

In her keynote paper she endeavored to give a present scenario of Bangladeshi indigenous peoples. After her presentation the floor was open for the audiences. Most of the participants were urging to the government not to ignore indigenous peoples rights to ensure good governance in the country. Further they said the government should give more attention on the issue of indigenous people’s rights and development. Because, now the indigenous peoples are marginalizing day by day due to unable to adopt with rapid urbanization process. As a result they are gradually displacing from their ancestral land. On the other hand some of the local political leaders are also trying to grab indigenous peoples land. For that reason now some indigenous groups like Patro, Oraon, Dalu etc. in Bangladesh are living in an endanger situation. Considering the above situation most of the speakers urging to the government to pay special attention to the plain land indigenous peoples.

On the occasion of this day celebration on behalf of plain land indigenous peoples claimed the following demands to the government;

  1. To establish a separate ministry for plain land indigenous peoples
  2. To increase the fund of Special Affairs Division (SAD) under Prime Minister’s office.
  3. To ensure publication of primary level text book in different indigenous peoples languages according to the national education policy-2010
  4. To establish a separate institute for indigenous peoples in Sylhet city.
  5. To solve all kinds of indigenous peoples land related disputes in a short time and easy process
  6. To take initiate different project for ensuring income generating activities for indigenous youth
  7. To made indigenous peoples protection law
  8. To create a special FUND for the development of tea labor community
  9. To introduce a reserve seat in the parliament for the indigenous peoples of Sylhet region
  10. Finally to recognize ‘indigenous peoples’ in our Bangladeshi constitution.

Tackling the issue of climate change through education

Professor Will Steffen, a Climate Change Scientist and Researcher giving his presentationClimate change is a particularly important issue for Bangladesh, which is often recognized as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change. Acknowledging this importance, many internationally and nationally focused Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) working in Bangladesh, have already incorporated climate resilient activities into their project activities at a field level. In response to these initiatives, locally based NGOs are seeking to follow this lead, in recognizing the importance of tackling climate change impacts as part of the process of improving the quality of life of the rural poor and marginalized. One of the first steps in integrating climate resilient activities into development activities at a regional level is to understand the issue of climate change and what it means for Bangladesh. Climate change is still a relatively new concept to locally based NGOs whose main focus to date has been on poverty alleviation, livelihood security, gender equality and human rights issues. As such, a knowledge gap on the issue of climate change presently exists at the grassroots level within the NGO sector. On Wednesday 29th January, Ethnic Community Development Organisation (ECDO), Jaintia Shinnomul Songthsa (JASHIS) and the Climate Council Australia, jointly hosted a Climate Change Workshop at MC College Sylhet, which sought to go some way toward bridging this knowledge gap here in Sylhet. The event brought together international and national climate change specialists to share information, with approximately more than participants including local development professionals, regional government officials, academics and students participating.

Executive Director of ECDO, Mr. Lakshmikanta Singh, gaving an introductory speech The event was chaired by the Executive Director of JASHIS, Mr. ATM Badrul Islam. The Chief Guest was Professor Will Steffen, a Climate Change Scientist and Researcher from the Australian National University (ANU) and Councilor of the Climate Council Australia. Special guest was Mr. Sarder Shafiqul Alam, a Fellow at Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), and Climate Change Adaptation Expert and National Capacity Building Co-coordinator of the ARACB Programme. The workshop was launched by Vice Principal of MC College, Mr. Hayatul Islam Akonjee, who gave a welcome speech on behalf of his college as venue host and the organizers. As a thank you gesture for providing the venue for the event, the Vice-Principal was presented with a choto gach or small tree by members of the organizing team, Ms. Sonja Steffen, Marketing & Networking Officer at ECDO and Ms. Melissa Pepper, Climate Change Education Officer at JASHIS, to be planted on campus to commemorate the event and in a symbolic gesture to become more climate resilient. The Executive Director of ECDO, Mr. Lakshmikanta Singh, then gave an introductory speech giving an overview of the program, its significance to the work of the hosting organizations, and its greater value to the broader development sector. Mr. Lakshimikanta Singh also introduced each of the key speakers in attendance, and welcomed the first speaker Professor Will Steffen to the stage to present his talk.

Vice-Principal of M C College was presented with a choto gach or small tree by members of the organizing teamIn his talk, Professor Steffen gave an overview of the science of climate change, touching on its impacts for Bangladesh. Professor Steffen talk raised some interesting discussion points, engaging the audience, who enthusiastically asked questions during a Q&A session with Professor Steffen, which immediately followed his presentation. At the conclusion of Professor Steffen presentation and Q&A session, special guest Mr. Sarder Shafiqul Alam took to the stage to talk about adaptation to climate change from a Bangladesh perspective, with a particular focus of community-based adaptation. Mr. Alam then fielded questions from the audience, who again participated enthusiastically to the discussion.

The formal component of the program was brought to a close by Chairperson and Executive Director of JASHIS, Mr. ATM Badrul Islam, who gave closing remarks and formally thanked all those in attendance. A late lunch was then enjoyed by all in attendance as participants mingled with the guest speakers.

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Divisional Level Sharing Workshop Held on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Honorable City Mayor is delivering his speech On 9th March, 2011 Wednesday speakers urged the government to formulate an appropriate policy to face the adverse impacts of climate change and global warming. They also stressed the need for strong alliance of the Least Developing Countries (LDCs) to keep up the pressure on developed nations to reduce carbon dioxide emission.
Bangladesh would be the worst victim of global climate changes and the food and health security of the citizens would become more vulnerable because of natural disaster caused by climate change, the speakers said at a workshop on Divisional-level sharing workshop on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. The event was organized jointly by local NGO Ethnic Community Development Organization (ECDO), VARD, RWDO, SSS and Shrimangal Foundation and finance by Concern Bangladesh at the Sylhet District Council auditorium. A part of audienceAddressing the workshop as Chief Guest, City Mayor Mr. Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran said the government would not allow any polluting industry and has already made it mandatory for state-owned units to set up waste management devices. He said the new industrial policy will encourage environment-friendly industrialization.
We must demand compensation from developed countries for damages we are facing because of their acts, he added. The mayor also said the government is continuing its efforts at international forums to realise compensation for victims of climate change. Executive Director of ECDO Mr. Lakshmikanta Singh delivered the welcome speech. Presided over by VARD Director Mr. Shahid Uddin Mahmud, Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Sylhet Sadar Mr. Enamul Habib, Deputy Director of Environment Department Md. Zillur Rahman, Vice-Chairman of Companygonj Upazila Ms. Nasrin Jahan Fatema, Md. Abdul Hamid, Head, Organizational Development & Education Unit Concern Universal Bangladesh also spoke at the workshop. A presentation was made by Mr. Masud Rana Asst. Project Manager of Concern Universal. Ms. Sabrin Sultana Project officer of Concern Universal was also present in that workshop.

Program related media link;

The Daily Independent: http://theindependentbd.com/paper-edition/metropolitan/dhaka/38236-focus-on-global-warming.html

District Level Sharing Meeting On Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

A district level sharing meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation was organized by Ethnic Community Development Organization (ECDO) under the project of Capacity Strengthening on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation with support from Concern Universal Bangladesh (CUB) & Cordaid at Deputy Commissioner Conference Hall in Sylhet on 10th January 2011. Chief Guest is delivering his speechMr. Abu Sayed Mohammad Hashim, honorable Deputy Commissioner of Sylhet & Mr. Enamul Habib, Upozella Nirbahi Officer, Sylhet Sadar Upozella were present respectively as chief guest & special guest in that meeting. Mr. Lakshmikanta Singh, Executive Director of ECDO presided over the meeting. Besides of these there were present Environment activist, NGO activist, Lawyers, Human rights activists, Media personnel, students & other civil society members.
At the beginning of the meeting Mr. Masud Rana, Assistant Program Manager of CUB shared his experiences about different dimensions of disaster & how community peoples adopted after disaster through a multimedia presentation. After his presentation an open discussion was held with the active participation of the participants. Mr. Abu Sayed Mohammad Hashim honorable chief guest were emphasize to create proper awareness among the community peoples about the disaster and its management process.Participants of Meeting He said any kinds of disaster are not possible to manage by only existing government mechanisms. Further he said to ensure maximum risk reduction during disaster and climate change it needs proper coordination among government and non-government agencies. Mr. Enamul Habib special guest were also shared some of his experience about climate change and disaster. At the end of the meeting Mr. Singh said, We should ensure awareness for every family about the different disaster and climate change adaptation strategy, so that every one can co-opt it easily with their lives. Ms. Konika Chakraborty, Project Officer of CUB was also present in the meeting. The whole meeting was conducted by Ms. Nongpoklai Sinha, Coordinator of ECDO.