Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative (E4L)

Winter rice cultivation in Assam

Winter rice cultivation in Assam

Photo: Kazu Ahmed

Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative is a civil society led multi-stakeholder dialogue process to promote better understanding of the management of natural resources in Bangladesh and India

Bangladesh and India have some of the most intricate and complex river systems in the world. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, the three major rivers, along with their tributaries drain an area of about 1.75 million square kilometres and have direct impact on around 620 million people. These great rivers are inseparable from the history and legends of the region, as well to the people who depend on them for their well-being. Strategies to ensure the future well-being of the region are needed.

Ecosystems for Life works to develop a shared vision and understanding of food, livelihood and water security issues through collaborative research and studies, creation of a knowledge hub, developing research-based policy options and enhancing the capacity of civil society stakeholders to participate in the management of natural resources.

Ecosystems for Life focuses on five main areas of research: the links between food security and water productivity for poverty alleviation; the impacts of climate change, adaptation methods and mitigating strategies; convergence of inland navigation and integrated water resources management; the links between economic development and environmental security; and improving understanding of ecosystems and habitats, leading to improved conservation of flagship species.

Ecosystems for Life is being implemented in Bangladesh and India by IUCN Country Offices and managed by the IUCN Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand. It runs for four and a half years and is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Dr. Brian Furze
Senior Technical Advisor, South Asia


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