Empowering Civil Society Organizations and Communities in Bangladesh

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Wetlands International South Asia along with partner organizations, Akvo and IRC conducted a series of workshops for various stakeholders, from 25th to 29th February 2020, under the aegis of Watershed Bangladesh Project, that aims to promote sustainable WASH and water management through evidence-based lobbying and advocacy by the local civil society organizations.

Training on testing water quality parameters from wetlands and tube-wells conducted in Bhola Sadar

Local CSO’s performing water quality tests

The field surveys conducted in Bhola Sadar Upazila, Barisal had raised critical concerns about the quality of water sourced from ponds, natural channels and groundwater. Taking cognizance of the same and to gain more insights, a training workshop was held for CSO members in Bhola Sadar Upazila, Barisal from 25th to 27th February 2020, to test water samples from the wetlands and tube wells for qualitative parameters of water quality. Representatives from Development organization of the rural poor (DORP), Bangladesh, our local field partner, and members from civil society organizations were trained on assessing water quality using simple but scientific methods and tools. Training was facilitated by Akvo and Wetlands International South Asia. The CSOs will now test the water from wetlands and tube-wells of Veduria Union, the results of which will be incorporated in the water security plan.

Introduction workshop linking WASH and IWRM held in Ramgati Upazila

Participants at WASH-IWRM workshop


Watershed Bangladesh project has brought to fore, a disconnect between water management and WASH, particularly the role of wetlands as a source of water and assimilator of waste is rarely recognised. In order to sensitize the masses on the need for sustainable WASH & IWRM and role of wetlands in and water security, IRC Wash, Wetlands International South Asia and DORP organized a workshop on interlinkages between WASH and IWRM on 29th February 2020, for representatives of Water Management Citizens Committee(WMCC) in Ramgati Upazila, Chittagong, Bangladesh.