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 programs in social-ecological conservation and communication.

The Person

Leading the process; I’m Md Kutub Uddin, popularly known as ‘Mohammad ARJU’. Things I love to do include (but not limited to) writing, editing, conservation planning, volunteer training for youth works, and of course, diving and underwater photography.

I was born and raised on the island of Bhola in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Since 2006, I work/write for various media outlets, and travel along the coastline of Bay of Bengal and beyond to better understand local social-ecological challenges.

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

With my colleagues at different national, regional and global organizations, I design, develop and monitor collaborative conservation programs with coastal communities for advancing locally-led coastal and marine conservation. Also, I work in conservation policy, strategic communications, and youth training.

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 (I am 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, I 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, I now voluntarily work as Mentor to the programs of Save Our Sea, which operates as an initiative of Organization for Social Orientation.

Also, I am a Member of Commission on Education and Communication at the IUCN, The International Union for the Conservation of Nature; and a Member of the Society for Conservation Biology’s recently founded Participatory and Citizen Science Working Group (SCB-PaCS).