Center for Bay of Bengal receives its first grant from UK, FCDO


The Center for Bay of Bengal Studies (CBoBS) of Independent University, Bangladesh has received its first grant from UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to conduct a project on “India-Bangladesh Transboundary Partnership to Protect the Sundarbans, the World's Largest Mangrove Forest.” The purpose of this project is to consolidate the existing evidence on the ecological and environmental importance of Sundarbans and building support amongst policy makers to champion and undertake greater India-Bangladesh cooperation on protecting the Sundarbans ecoregion on the basis of implementing and executing the aims and objectives as laid out in the landmark Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two Governments in September 2011. CBoBS is going to work in collaboration with the Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata. Ambassador Tariq A Karim, Director of the Center for Bay of Bengal Studies will be leading the project.
This project will try to explain to the policy makers in Bangladesh, India, and the Indian state of West Bengal regarding the urgency and the scale of challenges faced by the Sundarbans ecoregion. It will revisit the MoU to make actions and policies time and scale commensurate, by preparing Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) documents, using the SPM to guide conversations at the three virtual events to be convened in Dhaka, New Delhi and Kolkata, build momentum with policy makers and explore the possibility of a joint announcement by Bangladesh and India ahead of or at the UNFCCC COP26 regarding conservation of the Sundarbans and endeavoring to get the highest state and political leadership and relevant respective bureaucracies to articulate interest in revisiting and updating the 2011 MoU to operationalize the MoU urgently. The duration of this project is from 15 January, 2021 to 31 March, 2021.