Academicians and officials at a discussion in Dhaka on Thursday stressed the need for integrating the environment and natural ecosystems into all urban development activities to restore liveability of the city.
They also emphasised on coordination among different ministries to protect the environment while implementing any urban development programme.
They made the suggestions at a roundtable discussion on ‘water, ecosystem and human development’ at Bhorer Kagoj office marking the World Water Week-2018 that ends today.
Water Aid Bangladesh, WASH Alliance Bangladesh, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Freshwater Action Network South Asia Bangladesh, Sanitation and Water for All and Bhorer Kagoj jointly organised the discussion.
Professor Md Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology presented the keynote paper.
Environmental disasters have put not only people’s lives and health under threat but also economic development of the country into uncertainty, the speakers said.
It is high time to integrate the environment and natural ecosystem in economic planning and management, green activists said as they urged for more investment in the water and sanitation
sector, raising awareness and formulating integrated plans.
They also emphasised on public-private partnership to ensure environmental sustainability.
Shah Md Anowar Kamal, executive director of Unnayan Shahojogy Team, Md Liakat Ali, director of Water Aid Bangladesh, SM Rashid, executive director of NGO Forum for Public Health, Rabin Rayhan Ahmed, supervisor engineer of Public Health Engineering Department, Khondokar Rebeka Saniat, executive director of Coalition for the Urban Poor, Alok Mojumder, country coordinator of Bangladesh WASH Alliance, ADD International Bangladesh country director Shafiqul Islam, Golam Muktadir, executive engineer of Sanitation Secretariat, Dhaka WASA director (development) Md Abul Hashem and Development Organisation of the Rural Poor director Jubair Hossen also spoke.
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