Sundarban East Wildlife Sanctuary

About

The Initiative

This website and other associated online spaces are intended to serve as a platform for mobilizing support and resources to facilitate capacity building in social-ecological conservation and communication.

The Person

The efforts are led by Md. Kutub Uddin; an independent writer, editor, and communicator with a strong focus on marine conservation. He is known by his pen-name ‘Mohammad ARJU’ in his home country- Bangladesh, where he has been working with mainstream media houses since 2006; and later founded the collaborative marine conservation platform ‘Save Our Sea’ back in 2013. Since then he has grown interests in conservation policy, strategic communications, and youth training. At different national, global organizations, he helps to design and develop locally-led conservation programs.

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Md Kutub Uddin (Mohammad Arju). Photo: Dhrubo Das

Media Outlets I’ve written/worked for: National media outlets Daily JaiJaiDin, Daily Samakal, Daily Star, Chintaa, Barta, Natunbarta, Daily Bonik Barta, Daily Sun; and regional/international outlets The Wire and VOA.

Things I’m doing recently: Community Solution Program Fellow, the U.S. Sea Grant College Program (based at the University of Georgia as a ‘Scholar-in-Residence’, and currently traveling in the Bay of Bengal region for the follow-on project the Bay of Bengal Ocean Stewardship Program.)

Facilitator, Asian Youth Capacity Building Program for Community-led Conservation, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN-CBD).

Back in 2013, he founded a start-up which now operates as a collaborative platform (Save Our Sea) for marine conservation in Bangladesh with a strong focus on trans-boundary learning-sharing in the Bay of Bengal region. Particularly,  he works as Mentor to the programs of Save Our Sea, which operates as an initiative of Organization for Social Orientation.

Also, he is a Member of Commission on Education and Communication at the IUCN, The International Union for the Conservation of Nature; and a founding member of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Participatory and Citizen Science Working Group (SCB-PaCS); and a co-lead of Coastal Communities Cluster (Ocean Task Force) at Earth System Governance.