The joint Project Advisory Committee for ‘Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative’ met for the first time on 7 February 2011 in Dhaka to finalise issues of joint research.
The joint Project Advisory Committee, which comprises of National Advisory Committee (NAC) members for Bangladesh and India, was constituted to bring credibility to the ‘Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative’ and act as a bridge for the dialogue process between government and civil society at the regional level.
NAC Bangladesh and NAC India were formed in 2010, with an aim to improve integrated management of riverine ecosystems in South Asia through dialogue, research and advocacy efforts.
Each committee comprises of eight members and include prominent professionals, legislators, diplomats, researchers and academics of high repute at the national, regional and international level.
Ms Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director of IUCN Asia, provided the opening remarks for the meeting. Ms Kabraji, Dr Q. K. Ahmed, Co-Chair of NAC Bangladesh, and Mr Ashok Jaitly, Co-Chair of NAC India, were nominated as Co-Chairs for the Project Advisory Committee.
NAC Bangladesh and NAC India also held their second individual meeting on the day.