Strategy of Environmental Expansion Foundation (SED Foundation), a good non-profit organisation based in Dhaka, Bangladesh organised a good webinar on the value of rivers for the ecology and economy of Bangladesh and the part of National River Conservation Commission. The webinar occurred on 12 September, 2020.
Although Bangladesh is called the property of rivers, the present scenario depicts a morbid condition for waterbodies. Despite the initiatives of governments, civil societies and NGOs, rivers will be polluted on a large scale. In this backdrop, SED organised the webinar to facilitate a scholarly discussion.
The speakers of the webinar were all reputed scholars and administrative personnel in their respective fields. The set of the speakers contains Dr. Muzibur Rahman Howlader, Chairman, National River Conservation Commission; Syeda Rizwana Hasan, the Chief Executive of Bangladesh Environment Attorneys Association (BELA) and Advocate of Appellate Division, Supreme Courtroom of Bangladesh; A. B. M. Imdadul Haque Khan Advocate, Supreme Courtroom of Bangladesh and Chief Editor, SED Journal of Environmental Analyses; and Mohammad Golam Sarwar, Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Dhaka. The webinar was moderated by Javed Rasin, Founder and President, SED Foundation.
A good. B. M. Imdadul Haque Khan provided the inaugural speech addressing the nationwide and overseas legal framework for river conservation. As the principle editor of SED Journal of Environmental Analyses, he voiced out the contribution of the study in advocacy and wellbeing for the river. "We find young people interested in doing exploration on rivers" he explained and expressed his optimism in the study for guarding the river. Mohammad Golam Sarwar provided a sumptuous evaluation on the Appellate Division's judgment on the persona of river that regarded as rivers as living entity. The historical backdrop and legal rationale behind this sort of ruling were reflected in his speech. "Proposed detailed river law could be promising to handle river pollution as a penal offence if speedy trial could be ensured. For the time being, existing laws can also be useful in the same respect," explained Mohammad Golam Sarwar.
When it comes to any environmental issue, none can overlook the expertise and connection with Syeda Rizwana Hasan and such merit was truly evident in her speech. She discussed the crucial purpose of NGOs and civil contemporary society on environmental matters and how these twofold actions plan could actually make a difference. "We must seriously mobilise the communities; specifically we need to create consciousness among those that do not know their constitutional rights," stated Syeda Rizwana Hasan.
Dr. Muzibur Rahman Howlader reviewed in brief about the entire contribution created by NRCC as the guardian of domestic rivers. He also reveal the bureaucratic concerns. Dr Howlader explained, "If District Commissioners aren't provided with necessary money, how do they remove illegitimate infrastructures on the riverbanks?" The whole webinar was enriched with valuable insights from Javed Rasin.