The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative emphasized the need to focus on policy influence and advocacy as the project completes its midterm. The PAC also suggested to include Nepal as observer for meetings convened under the project.
This was discussed in the third PAC meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 26 February 2013. At the meeting, the PAC endorsed the Ecosystems for Life research and dialogue agenda. It also reviewed the project’s activities and implementation in 2012 and approved the annual work plan for 2013, while providing guidance to the team on tasks allocated for the year. Earlier, the National Advisory Committees (NAC) for Bangladesh and India also conducted their sixth meeting regarding their respective plans for project implementation.
The PAC meeting was co-chaired by Ms Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, IUCN Asia, Dr. Q. K. Ahmed, co-chair National Advisory Committee (NAC) Bangladesh and Ms Meena Gupta, co-chair NAC India. Mr Ganesh Pangare, Head, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, IUCN Asia, apprised the PAC on various aspects of the project and facilitated the decision-making. The newly appointed project director Mr Brian James Furze was also present in the meeting.
Other IUCN participants included Mr Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad, Country Representative, IUCN Bangladesh Country Office, Ms Meenakshi Datta Ghosh, Country Representative, IUCN India Country Office, Dr. Zhu Chunquan, Country Representative, IUCN China Country Office and the Ecosystems for Life team. Mr A T M Khaleduzzaman from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) was also present at the meeting.
Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative aims to improve integrated management of riverine ecosystems in South Asia through dialogue, research and advocacy efforts. The project, implemented by the IUCN offices in Bangladesh and India with oversight from the regional office in Bangkok, is guided by a group of distinguished people in each country constituting the NACs. The PAC composed of the Indian and Bangladesh NACs meets once a year to review and guide the project.