This website and associated online spaces are intended to facilitate communications about conservation in the Bay of Bengal region and beyond.
I’m Md Kutub Uddin, popularly know by my pen-name ‘Mohammad ARJU’ in Bangladesh; I’m a conservationist, communicator, and social entrepreneur. I was born and raised on the Island of Bhola at the convergence of the Bay of Bengal and the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra rivers. I’ve studied business and law and worked for seven years with mainstream media as an editor. Since 2013, I am working in conservation; mostly involved in field investigations about NRM policy implications, participatory learning for more inclusive conservation, strategic communications, and youth training.
Director (Marine Extension Service), AMR Solutions
We are committed to providing research, training and education services to create opportunities for resilient communities and sustainable businesses in coastal and marine areas of the Bay of Bengal region.
Facilitator (Participatory Learning & Action), VOICE
As a consultant, I work for VOICE’s Climate and Conservation Programs, and Communication and Media Programs as a consultant. VOICE is a member of the Association of Progressive Communications (APC), the International Food Security Network, and also accredited with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Program Lead (Informal Education)
Bay of Bengal Ocean Literacy Network
With the vision to create Ocean literate citizenry, the network is currently facilitating knowledge-collaboration and capacity-building activities in the Bay of Bengal countries.
I also volunteer as a member of the Bay of Bengal Stewardship team, as the Marine Section Liasion at the Chapter Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology, as a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication; and as a co-lead of Coastal Communities Cluster (Ocean Task Force) at Earth System Governance.
OTHER RECENT WORKS
Investigating the Past and Present of Sawfish in Bangladesh
I’m a team member of this project led by Mahatub Khan Badhon, Lecturer of Zoology, University of Dhaka. The project Supported by NatGeo and the Shark Conservation Fund, and run by the Aquatic Bioresource Research Lab at SAU.
Community Storytelling on Human Dimensions of Climate & Conservation
I have led this capacity-building projects for citizen journalists, MSM journalists, and community storytellers in the Sundarbans mangrove region in 2018. The project was funded by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. We are currently in the preparation phase to re-launch it as a permanent platform supported by a group of collaborating organizations.
Community Solutions Program Fellow
Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension Service, United States
In 2017 cohort, I was a Community Solutions Program (CSP) Fellow of the U.S. State Department; I was hosted by the NOAA’s Georgia Sea Grant College Program and based at the Athens and Skidaway Island campuses of the University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Service. My work as a fellow was mostly related to communications and program development for the Georgia Sea Grant.
SAVE OUR SEA
As the founder and CEO of the now-defunct platform ‘Save Our Sea’ (www.saveoursea.social), I led the planning, organization and strategic communication activities. Save Our Sea facilitated collaborative marine conservation initiatives in Bangladesh from June 2013 to June 2018.
EXPERIENCE AS EDITOR/ REPORTER
I’ve worked as a full-time newsroom editor with Daily JaiJaiDin and Daily Bonik Barta in Bangladesh and also written for several media outlets since 2007. Though I’m no longer a full-time editor, I am continuing to write/report/edit for national and regional media outlets as an independent journalist.