About

This website and associated online spaces are intended to facilitate communications about conservation in the Bay of Bengal region and beyond.

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I’m Md Kutub Uddin, popularly know by my pen-name ‘Mohammad ARJU’ in Bangladesh; I’m a conservationist, communicator, and independent journalist. Born and raised on the Island of Bhola at the convergence of the Bay of Bengal and the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra rivers during the early years of the bay’s decline and decimation of local economies in the late nineties, we later migrated to the city of Dhaka. 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. In recent years, I’ve been conducting a number of participatory learning assignments with local communities on human dimensions of conservation governance in Bangladesh supported by different development agencies.

 

CURRENT WORKS

Facilitator (Participatory Learning & Action), VOICE, Bangladesh
I work for VOICE’s Climate and Conservation Programs, and Communication and Media Programs as a consultant. We are a member of the Association of Progressive Communications (APC), the International Food Security Network, and also accredited with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Community Storytelling on Human Dimensions of Climate and 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, and we are currently in the preparation phase to re-launch it as a permanent platform supported by a group of collaborating organizations.

Team Member, Investigating the Past and Present of Sawfish in Bangladesh
I’m a member of a five-strong team led by Mahatub Khan Badhon, Lecturer of Zoology, University of Dhaka. Supported by NatGeo and the Shark Conservation Fund, and run by the Aquatic Bioresource Lab at SAU.

Program Lead, Bay of Bengal Ocean Literacy Network
Co-leading the efforts to build a local Ocean Literacy program for five of the Bay of Bengal countries; Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

 

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
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.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
I volunteer as a member of the Bay of Bengal Stewardship team, as a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication; as a co-lead of Coastal Communities Cluster (Ocean Task Force) at Earth System Governance; and as a member of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network’s South Asia region.

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.