TUESDAY | 20 FEB, 2024 | 4 PM
This critical dialogue about the fate of our rivers will seek to delve into as economic development surges, are we witnessing the demise of these life-giving waterways? Renowned environmental layer, conservation practitioners, and civil society leaders engage in a frank discussion about pollution, encroachment, and the impact on river-dependent life and livelihoods. Explore the complex interplay of economic success, political choices, and governance failures in this crisis. Can we reconcile progress with environmental responsibility? Witness diverse perspectives collide as we seek solutions to restore our rivers – and our relationship with them.
Syeda Rizwana Hasan
Syeda Rizwana Hasan is a lawyer and CEO, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). She tackled dangerous shipbreaking practices, winning landmark legal battles. A Goldman & Magsaysay laureate, she's a tireless champion for environmental justice and workers' rights.
Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman
Executive Director, CNRS
Dr. Mukhlesur Rahman, the Executive Director at the Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS), spearheads one of Bangladesh's foremost pro-environmental NGOs. With CNRS since its inception in 1994, Dr. Rahman has been instrumental in driving innovative approaches and tangible outcomes in environmental studies. He aims to influence national development strategies towards sustainable environmental practices in Bangladesh.
Coordinator, Waterkeepers Bangladesh
Sharif Jamil, the Buriganga Riverkeeper and head of Waterkeepers Bangladesh, is one of Bangladesh’s most outspoken and impassioned environmental advocates, leading a country-wide campaign to avert an environmental catastrophe for the country’s 165 million people, who are already suffering the effects of climate change and sea-level rise more than any other people on earth.
Founder, Riverine People
Sheikh Rokon is a river researcher, writer, and traveler. He is the founder and general secretary of the Riverine People, a Dhaka-based NGO advocating for rivers, wetlands, and water resources. His expertise lies in transboundary river issues, youth engagement, and riverine community culture. Sheikh Rokon is also an Adjunct Faculty at Jahangirnagar University and Assistant Editor at Daily Samakal.
…due to the environment degrading human activities. We need to reimagine and reset our development pathway to a more ecologically balanced, sustainable and resilient one. To do that, we need bold thinking and courageous actions that can come from youth who are the leaders of today and tomorrow.