The Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative Project Advisory Committee (PAC) held its 2nd Meeting in New Delhi, India on 4 May 2012. At the meeting, the PAC endorsed the Ecosystems for Life research and dialogue agenda. It also reviewed the project’s activities and implementation in 2011 and approved the annual work plan for 2012, while providing guidance to the team on the tasks allocated for the year.
The 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 Mr Ashok Jaitly, co-chair NAC India. Mr Ganesh Pangare, Head, IUCN Water Programme, Asia, apprised the PAC on various aspects of the project and facilitated the decision-making.
Looking at the activities of the past year and the developments in the region, the PAC emphasized the need to keep governments in Bangladesh and India informed on the initiative including the research and outcomes of the project.
A key endorsement by the Committee was the upcoming conference on hydro-diplomacy scheduled for 31 October 2012 in Nepal. They suggested cooperation, diplomacy and conflict resolution as the key points of discussion for the conference, keeping in view the relevance of these for South Asia.
Other IUCN participants included Dr T P Singh, Deputy Regional Director, Asia, Mr Istiaq Uddin Ahmed, Country Representative, IUCN Bangladesh Country Office, Dr J S Rawat, In-charge, IUCN India Country Office, Dr Yam Bahadur Malla, Country Representative, IUCN Nepal Country Office and the Ecosystems for Life team.
The National Advisory Committees (NAC) for Bangladesh and India also conducted their fourth meeting regarding their respective plans for project implementation. The co-chairs of the NACs expressed hope that the Ecosystems for Life project would support the efforts of the Bangladesh and India governments to work together to face the consequences of the climate change.
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 is composed of the Indian and Bangladesh NACs and meets once a year to review and guide the project.