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.
Webpages | 11-03-2019
In the past weeks, the NCEA staff joined SIDA/Niras in some of their closing seminars of the international Strategic Environmental Assessment training…
Webpages | 01-02-2019
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…
Webpages | 25-10-2018
Following a growing number of countries, Bangladesh also adopted Strategic Environmental Assessment legislation! There are currently 3 SEA's planned in…
Webpages | 30-10-2017
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…
Webpages | 21-06-2017
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…
Webpages | 31-01-2017
Together with trainers from the Swedish international training programme on SEA, the NCEA visited Bangladesh and Cambodia. The aim was to assess the…
Webpages | 01-10-2013
Possible SEA introduction in Bangladesh