Unfortunately, efforts by the government are not
proving adequate to save Bangladesh’s environment. In fact in many cases
government’s activities are aggravating environmental deterioration.
Various NGOs and some civil society organizations have been carrying out
pro-environmental efforts for some time. However, in most cases these efforts
were isolated and without much effect.
Towards the end of 1990, there was realization that pro-environment forces of
the country need to unite in order to play an effective role. Environment
conscious non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) also came forward under the umbrella
of BEN to join pro-environment organizations in Bangladesh to organize an
International Conference on Bangladesh Environment (ICBEN) in January 2000. A
concrete outcome of this conference was the formation of BAPA (acronym in
Bangla for Bangladesh Environment movement) as a united platform of
pro-environment forces of Bangladesh with the following concrete goals:
1. To stop the process of further environmental degradation in Bangladesh.
2. To reverse, where possible, the damage that has already been done to the
3. To build up a nationwide, united, civic movement to achieve the aims of
stopping and reversing environmental degradation in Bangladesh.
BEN is resolved to fully support activities of its
Bangladesh based partner BAPA by providing valuable financial and technical
support in order to help achieve these goals.