Introduction

Bangladesh is an NCEA focus country

Although poverty is still deep and widespread, Bangladesh has in recent years reduced population growth and improved healthcare and education. The major employer is agriculture. The country is trying to diversify its economy by focusing on industrial development such as the garment industry. Overseas investors have especially invested money into manufacturing and the energy sector. Onshore and offshore gas reserves could provide a chance for future prosperity. 

The low-lying country is vulnerable to flooding and cyclones, and will be badly affected by climate change. Challenges include: climate change adaptation, the development of a delta plan, providing protection against storm surges along the coast, preventing floods in cities, and ensuring a sustainable water supply in light of groundwater depletion, arsenic and industrial contamination, and saline water intrusion along the coast.

ESIA / SEA system

ESIA is established since 1995 and a number of evaluations concluded that although its performance is improving, it is not making use of the potential of ESIA. An SEA system is not (yet) established in Bangladesh but there is growing support in some departments and line ministries to develop it. 


News

National SEA seminars with SEA training alumni

Webpages | 11-03-2019

National SEA seminars with SEA training alumni

In the past weeks, the NCEA staff joined SIDA/Niras in some of their closing seminars of the international Strategic Environmental Assessment training…

SEA for Sundarbans - Bangladesh

Webpages | 01-02-2019

SEA for Sundarbans - Bangladesh

Dhaka, 27-31 January - In Bangladesh an SEA for the South West region including the Sundarbans will start soon. The Sundarbans has a World Heritage…

SEA legislation adopted in Bangladesh

Webpages | 25-10-2018

SEA legislation adopted in Bangladesh

Following a growing number of countries, Bangladesh also adopted Strategic Environmental Assessment legislation! There are currently 3 SEA's planned in…

Lectures on SEA for 5 Asian countries

Webpages | 30-10-2017

Lectures on SEA for 5 Asian countries

The NCEA provided guest lectures on SEA for about 30 government officials from five South East Asian countries. The lectures were part of the three-week…

Stabilising Jamuna-Padma-Meghna river to reclaim land in Bangladesh

Webpages | 21-06-2017

Stabilising Jamuna-Padma-Meghna river to reclaim land in Bangladesh

The Assam earthquake in 1950 caused the Jamuna-Padma-Meghna river to fill up with sediments. As a result, the river’s width has roughly doubled…

Building SEA experience in Bangladesh and Cambodia

Webpages | 31-01-2017

Building SEA experience in Bangladesh and Cambodia

Together with trainers from the Swedish international training programme on SEA, the NCEA visited Bangladesh and Cambodia. The aim was to assess the…

SEA introduction Bangladesh

Webpages | 01-10-2013

SEA introduction Bangladesh

Possible SEA introduction in Bangladesh