Bangladesh and India two neighbouring countries joined hands to start research as a part of a regional initiative of IUCN, styled “Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative.”
Around thirty acclaimed researchers and civil society members from Bangladesh and India gathered in a two-day workshop titled, “Consultations on Approach and Methodology for Joint Research,” organized by IUCN Bangladesh, India and Asia Regional office. The workshop, held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 3-4 August, was aiming at developing a joint approach and methodology for research on food security, water productivity and poverty, climate change, environmental security, inland navigation, and biodiversity conservation, the five themes of the initiative.
Joint Research Teams of Bangladesh and India are to carry out research with utmost concerns to bring about useful results for both the countries, which will ultimately affect the South Asia Region. Each thematic research had been devised with common issues identified by extensive stakeholder’s consultations and supported by situation analyses in both the countries. Participants in the workshop got the chance to share experiences, concepts and placed proposals to conduct the thematic research.
The workshop was followed by a two-day training programme on “Environmental Flows,” organized by Water Programme, IUCN Asia Regional Office. Joint research teams of Ecosystems for Life initiative participated in the training programme along with the other participants from Nepal, Bhutan, China, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The training programme was to build up the capacity of the joint research teams on e-flow related issues and its use.