The documentary has been produced by the students of New Media ( MSJ 231 Summer 08)  of ULAB (University of Liberal Arts of Bangladesh ) colloboration with TREE.


You are cordially invited to the Seminar on ‘Climate Change and Local Level Initiatives in Bangladesh’, jointly organised by TREE –Training Research Education for Empowerment and Department of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagar University. The Seminar will be held on Tuesday, 12 August 2008 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Seminar Room, Teacher and Student Centre (TSC), Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka. Dr. Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, has kindly consented to grace the Seminar as Chief Guest. Dr. Khandaker Rashedul Haque Director General, Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of Bangladesh will be attending the Seminar as the Special Guest.

Dr. Syed Hafizur Rahman, Chairman, Department of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagar University, will be chair of the program.

Program Schedule


10:00-11:00 am



11:00-11:05 am

Honorable guests will take their seat


11:05-11:15 am

Welcome Addressed and Objective of the Seminar by Shahid Mallick, Executive Director, TREE –Training Research Education for Empowerment


11:15-11:40 am

Keynote paper presentation on ‘Climate Change and Local Level Initiatives in Bangladesh’ by Dr. Md.Khabir Uddin, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka


11:40 am-12:10 pm

Designated Discussion, Discussants: Dr.A.K.M. Mamunur Rashid, (Team Leader, Service Delivery UNDP, Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP),Dr. Nazrul Islam, Professor Department of Geography and Environment, Jahangirnagr University Dr.S.M. Tareq, Associate professor Department of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagr University  Dr. Manzurul Hassan, Professor Department of Geography and Environment, Jahangirnagr University. Dr. Dwijen Mallick, Research Fellow, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)     


12:10–12:40 pm

Open Discussion


12:40-12:55 pm


12:55-1:10 pm

Address by Special Gust,Dr. Khandaker Rashedul Haque, Director General, Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of Bangladesh


1:10-1:25 pm

Address by Chief Guest, Professor Dr. Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Vice Chancellor, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka


1:251:40 pm

Address by the Chair, Dr.  Syed Hafizur Rahman, Chairman, Department of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagar University

1:45 pm






Shahid Mallick

Executive Director, TREE

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TREE Crafts

Promotion of Indigenous/traditional Crafts and Empowerment of Women Empowerment, Indigenous Crafts and Creation of Employment in Rural Bangladesh


Have launch a pilot project on above issue to explore the existing local practices as well as potential future initiatives taken by the communities as adaptation and mitigation measures to face climate change vulnerabilities. However, the specific activities of the project as follows

·         Capacity build up of the local group and grassroots media people to visualize local climate related problem and community resilience    

·         Conduct small scale research on local initiatives on various aspects related peoples live and livelihoods threatened due to climate change.

·         Involved the young star and school 

·         Explore local innovative idea to adaptation and assist in replicate in other area         

·         Organize workshops and seminar at local regional and national level

·         Advocacy campaign for mitigation with other group at local national and international level.   

·          ** Where adoption is within community and mitigation is to far reaching but reachable and it is the industrial and more carbon emitting countries moral responsibility but brining them to cut their emission at certain level as they     

Goal and Objective

The general objective is to sensitization of group of people and organization to act against global warming and also to explore prospective local initiatives on climate change. Furthermore, place some recommendation and suggestion to policy makers and other stakeholders.

Specific objectives

Ø       To disseminate information among general and specific groups regarding immediate and long term impact of climate change on lives and livelihoods of local communities;

Ø       To raise awareness on future impacts of climate change and local level initiatives such as community, local government body, farmers, fisher folk and so on;

Ø       To identify pro-environment traditional practices and coping mechanism with climate change and future preparation.

Ø       Publishing of good practice in a form of case study, story or writings 

“Change is possible. We know that, and we can alter our relationship with the world around us to create a sustainable future.” – Al Gore, Nobel Laureate

It has already been proved by many scientific researches around the world that the main cause of climate change is global worming and human intervention is number one cause on the process. Though nature itself can create greenhouse gases humans are increasingly creating them as well throwing off the balance of the heat in the troposphere. Natural greenhouse gases include CO2 are emitted by plants, water vapor and methane gas. However, exclusively human-made greenhouse gases include CO2 and CFC, which are emitted from power plants, cars, airplanes, refrigerator and gases from aerosols. Again causes of climate change may be natural, but evidence indicates that human activities have contributed to the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, rising sea level and global warming. Since both nature and human-made gases have greenhouse properties it cannot be stated that human activities are solely causing global warming. However, evidence indicates that the presence of these gases on the earth’s atmosphere has increased dramatically since the industrial revolution. So it is important to an individual and groups to think what we can do to prevent enhanced global warming.

Over the last two decades following the developed countries Bangladesh also tried to march with industrialization and to keep pace with that trend numbers of industries have been set up in Bangladesh. But unplanned and indiscriminate use of land and natural resources invited and expedited long term and immediate problems i.e. Environmental degradation,    and pollution of nearby geographical and social status. Usage of advanced technological capacities and performance of industries have been increased. In many occasions these added capabilities have been used to manipulate nature for human benefits, often at the cost of other important matters like environmental degradation of the locality that has long term as well as visual impact on climate change. On the other hand, technological advancement has required that humans come to a better understanding of the world, bringing with it a greater potential to do good, to manipulate things for the benefit of the planet. Contrarily, technological advancement has essentially given us the “can”, and so now the question becomes “should”. Should we do something because we can? Therefore, industrialization has increased the effect on human lives as well as on the environment and climate in long run as a whole.

Further it is now widely recognized that global worming is likely to be result in environmental, social and other changes, which will affect peoples’ lives and livelihoods and the general condition under they live. Global worming may also increase risk of some particular country and regions particularly those are most vulnerable such as Bangladesh. It is a fact that the poor and marginalized are the first victims of climate related hazards. Again the women and children are the worst sufferer of climate change like any events.

Bangladesh call a play land of nature as many of the climatic events like, flood, flash flood, cyclone, tidal bore and stormsearch are regular phenomenon of this country. Further the climate change, intensify the problems and increase the suffering of the common people, mainly the poor and disadvantage sections of the society. The main cause of climate change is for human intervention/activities though nature also generated the gasses those responsible for global worming. The IPCC and other scientists of the world work for global worming and climate change has already identified potential most vulnerable countries in the world, and Bangladesh among the most vulnerable country in the world after Tabalu. However, the resiliency of Bangladeshi peoples are uncompromising which help them to cope up with all adverse situation.

The people all around the world work for justice and other grassroots people and organizations to raise voice against climate change and global injustice. Poor nations and particularly the poorest of poor nations are extreme suffers of climate change due to global worming caused by developed and industrial countries. But it is always been worthy to look for own strength and search for opportunity to coop-up any new and adverse situation. 

Taking the problem as a whole and considering the current understanding of the country’s climate change issue

Learning for Life Center: Including the Excluded

A Process to Rights Based Education and Child Rights Protection


TREE-Training Research Education for Empowerment. TREE start its process oriented development approach in the year October 1999. We believe that development is a process and people have knowledge to cultivate it. We don’t have that dare to change the society but we firmly believe that to unfold the inner side of the people can make huge difference in the society. 

Articles 28,29,31 and 22,23,30,32-40 of UN CRC (Child rights convention) mentioned that every children have education, leisure and cultural activities and also special protection measures. Keeping that in mind in 2004 we start our Learning for Life Center activities with expectation to create minimum space for disadvantage children in the community to participate cultural activities. We found huge enthusiasm among the children and participation was too high but after few days we found drop out rate is also too high. Our volunteer visited home of participating children and identify some of them have stop going to school and reason mentioned not payment of tuition fee, unable to mange school dress, lack of books, pencil writing pad/khata etc.

We started searching the way to protect schooling of these drop out children, dialogue with head master of local school and respecting parents. With the kind cooperation of head master of gakulnagr high school along with some local good soul, we are able to keep schooling of few young talents.

Still long way to go and its not possible for we alone to keep continuing the process but we also believe that we are not alone, there are many good souls among us who will join us by taking responsibility at least one children for her/his Schooling


1. Counseling and Motivation of individual children and family (by TREE volunteers i.e home visit, parents motivation)

 2. Participate in learning by doing at TREE twice in a week (behavior and communication, computer literacy, music, acting, group work, trafficking and leadership development)

3.        Advocacy with local school and other groups 

TREE believes that if we keep continuing with our heritage we can preserve our culture. With this views TREE started its culture and development activities and also using folk media in other development activities. In 2002 TREE started to work with the potter community to know their culture, heritage and changes in livelihood.

Technical and Marketing Support for Traditional Crafts of Bangladesh
Crafts people of Bangladesh have a long tradition and cultural heritage, which also has enrich our national culture and heritage. But in the course of time and due to non-patronization of Bangladeshi crafts a large section of occupational groups are on the verge of extinction. Concerned about the situation TREE has started a network and is supporting a market access program for skill development of traditional handloom and crafts producers with particular emphasis on women, which will help them to develop relation with wider world and get entry with their products into the world market so that we can make a bridge with the global market and world heritage. In 2005 we have provided training to 40 women on different trades i.e. boutique, stitching, cutting and small business management. The aim of the activity is to explore the potential and skill development of women in rural settings. TREE supports all these activities from its own fund.