More than 150 people participated in a two-day training workshop on “Perspectives on Governance and Natural Resource Governance” from 9-10 March , Dhaka, organized by IUCN Bangladesh.
This is the first workshop focussing on governance issues for IUCN Bangladesh, bringing together international and national experts to explore governance success and challenges from around Bangladesh.
Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan, IUCN Bangladesh Country Representative, says “Strong environmental and natural resource governance is widely regarded as an important element for poverty reduction, sustainable management of natural resources, and development.
“This workshop is a rare opportunity to unite the key players in natural resource governance, to share experiences and training that will assist empowerment of local communiites to manage their own resources”.
Participants heard from a range of non-government organizations leading the way in natural resource governance across Bangladesh and around the region, including presentations from IUCN offices in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Training sessions in practical governance strategies and the role of laws and regulations in governance were presented by a representative from the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyer’s Association (BELA) and by IUCN's Asia Regional Law Programme Head, Patti Moore.
“The importance of a strong, educated community aware of the principles of good governance cannot be stressed enough.
“It is necessary from the aspect of environmental conservation and sustainability as well as alleviating poverty and improving livelihoods in the most vulnerable communities across the country.” says Professor Khan.
The training workshop is part of the IUCN Bangladesh “Improving Environmental Governance for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources: Natural Resource Governance Project”, funded by Department for International Development - Governance Transperancy Fund (DFID - GTF).
The inaugral session was chaired by Dr Ainun Nishat, Senior Advisor, Climate Change, Asia Region, IUCN.
Guests of honour; Professor A A M S Arefin Siddique, the Honourable Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, addressed the workshop attendees.
Session Chair Mr Chris Austin, Country Representative, DFID concluded the workshop.