4th International Conference on Bangladesh Environment

4th International Conference  on Bangladesh Environment

4th International Conference on Bangladesh Environment (ICBEN-4) – December 26-27, 2020 (in virtual mode)

The Fourth International Conference on Bangladesh environment will be held from 26 to 28 December 2020, hosted by Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) and Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA). Almost every year, BEN and BAPA host this international conference in Dhaka – but this time the conference is becoming virtual due to the CPVID 19 pandemic, a time of humanitarian catastrophe.

For more than two decades, BAPA and BEN, together with other pro-environment forces of the country, have been waging a relentless campaign for the protection of Bangladesh’s and global environment. Many successes have been achieved. However, reversing the overall trend of environmental deterioration remains a challenge. As a part of this on-going struggle, BAPA and BEN hold annual conferences on specific environmental issues. Every few years, they also hold comprehensive international conferences, popularly abbreviated as ICBEN, covering all major issues of Bangladesh environment as well as important issues of global environment. Previous ICBENs were held in 2000, 2002, and 2010. ICBEN-4, to be held this year, will also the 20th anniversary of founding of BAPA. ICBEN-4 therefore will also take stock of the progress achieved thus far and chart out the future course of action.

 Scope and Topics of ICBEN-4

 The scope of ICBEN-4 covers all important environmental issues mark of Bangladesh. For convenience, these have been classified into following eight groups: 

Climate change and disaster management Forests, biodiversity, and indigenous peoples
Rivers, floodplains, and wetlands Urbanization, Agriculture, and rural planning
Energy and environment Gender dimension of environmental issues
Coastal and marine environment Grassroots movements: youth, labour, women  and others

A brief supplement is being published on the occasion of this fourth conference at the initiative of BEN and BAPA and in collaboration with PriyoAustralia. This publication is based on ICBEN -4 main program. Internationally acclaimed environmentalist, scientists, economist and activist have contributed to this publication.


  1. Twenty Years of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA): By Nazrul Islam
  2. Fourth International Conference on Bangladesh Environment ICBEN 4: By Kamrul Ahsan Khan
  3. বাংলাদেশের পরিবেশ রক্ষা সংগ্রাম: বাপা বেন কৌশল : ডা: মোহাম্মদ আব্দুল  মতিন
  4. Coal or Renewables: Against or For Sustainable Development? &Why the Sundarbans Must be Protected: Sajed Kamal
  5. বাংলাদেশের পরিবেশ আন্দোলনের কুড়ি বছর :দীপেন ভট্টাচার্য
  6. Climate Change and the Young People of Bangladesh:  Wahida Musarrat Anita 
  7. Proposed Framework for Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin Compact: Md. Khalequzzaman, Zahidul Islam, and Kazi Saidur Rahman
  8. Consequences of creating ‘Forever Chemicals: PFAS’-Bangladesh should consider regulating the chemicals to protect human and environment: Hossain Azam

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