The Foundation for Research on Educational Planning and Development.
The Rio Summit was a landmark in the history of mankind because, it brought into focus the realization that the issues relating to environment and development are intricately related and a harmony between the two had to be established to ensure sustained life on earth. Since Rio there has been a lot of debates, lot of thinking, lot of programmes for implementation and by now there has been an increasing awareness among the peoples and Governments that in the long run the future of life on earth depends largely on caring for, and conserving the environment. An integration of environment and development, and greater attention to them can go a long way in fulfillment of the basic needs, improved standard of living for all, better protected ecosystem and a safe future for mankind.
Bangladesh is a small country of 56000 square miles with a population of about 120 million. The people of this country live close to environmental disasters. Cyclone, tidal bore and flood are almost normal feature in Bangladesh. Only a small percentage of population has access to pure drinking water. Sewerage systems are almost nonexistent in rural areas of the country. Industrial and domestic wastes, fertilizer, toxic chemicals, synthetic detergents etc. are causing water pollution. Industrial effluents, exhaust from mechanized vehicles, house-hold kitchen fuel, brick work etc. cause pollution of air. A very serious environmental problem. in Bangladesh is desertification which is being caused by climatic factors and also man-made disturbances in the natural balance of ecosystem. The topography, socio-economic dynamics and agricultural systems of the country are being badly damaged because of this desertification. Its forests are gradually vanishing.
In recent years people all over the world including donor community stared to give a second thought about the capability of the government to tackle national problems especially environmental issues. This perception of people about the government has given rise to the idea of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to act in partnership with the government in handling problems including those in the areas of environmental degradation. Many of the environmental NGOs have started to incorporate environmental issues in almost all their programmes of activities. Dhaka Ahsania Mission also came forward and integrated some of the environmental issues like indiscriminate cutting of trees, tree plantation, water and sanitation into its on going programmes of activities, particularly the Composite Programme for Preservation and Protection of Environment,which is characterized by a holistic approach towards sustainable development. It includes multi-stakeholders and multi-activities.
Objectives of the Project:
Preservation and protection of natural environmental in Bangladesh.
Mass mobilization and creation of awareness about the causes & consequences of degradation of environment
Prevention of environmental pollution, specially of water, air, soil and sound.
Advocacy for adoption of appropriate policy and action progrmmes for preservation, protection and promotion of the natural environment and eradication of environmental pollution.
Encouraging every one to make development efforts environment friendly at local and national levels;
Sharing experiences among grass roots level organizations and communities through networking and working hand in hand with them;
Motivating people for abstaining from actions that cause further damage and hinder the growth of the natural flora and fauna;
Improvement of water and sanitation situation;
Development and production of appropriate training manuals for providing training on water & sanitation and environmental preservation and protection;
Development of awareness materials on environmental degradation, water and sanitation;
Providing saplings for tree plantation; ‘ Providing sanitary latrines and tube-wells etc.;
Training on water & sanitation issues;
Training of various types of programme personnel of DAM and also of APOS Branch Committees on environmental issues; Training of programme personnel of local NGOs, Local Youths and Community Leaders.
More importantly, financial sustainability is ensured, objectives are well-defined and outputs and results are realized. The achievement and output of the different components of the project have been found to be very much beneficial not only in relation to the needs of the beneficiaries but also in relation to the needs and demands of the entire community.