This website and associated online spaces are intended to serve as a platform for mobilizing support and resources to facilitate capacity-building for conservation and communication in the Bay of Bengal region and beyond.
Leading this effort, I’m Md Kutub Uddin; a conservationist, communicator, and independent journalist. I was Born and raised on the Island of Bhola at the convergence of Bay of Bengal and Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra rivers. In Bangladesh, after moving to the city of Dhaka, I’ve worked for seven years with mainstream media mostly focused on current affairs. Since 2013, I am working in conservation; mostly involved in field investigations, participatory learning and action, strategic communications, and youth training.
MAJOR 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.
Program Lead, Bangladesh Ocean Literacy Program
Leading the efforts to build a local Ocean Literacy program for the Bay of Bengal region. We are a collaboration among Aquatic Bioresource Lab of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative, and Bay of Bengal Stewardship. Recently we’ve delivered the first version of ‘Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Bay of Bengal Literacy.’
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. The project is jointly supported by the Shark Conservation Fund and the National Geographic Society. It includes components such as Environmental DNA (eDNA) and other molecular techniques, conservation social sciences, and local ecological knowledge.
MAJOR RECENT WORKS
Community Storytelling on Human Dimensions of Climate and Conservation
In 2018, I have led this capacity-building projects for citizen journalists, MSM journalists, and community storytellers in Sundarbans mangrove region. The project was funded by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.
Ecosystem Boundary Delineation of Saint Martin’s Island
In 2015, I worked as the Study Coordinator for this study to delineate the ecosystem boundary of Bangladesh’s only island with coral association. The study was funded under Strengthening national capacity on managing Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in Bangladesh project. This was a project of IUCN, Bangladesh in collaboration with Save our Sea and supported by the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project.
Save Our Sea
Back in June 2013, I founded a collaborative platform named ‘Save Our Sea’ that operated till June 2018 and was dedicated for marine conservation in Bangladesh. The organization is now defunct.
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.
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 a large number of national and regional media outlets since 2007. I continue to write for media outlets as an independent journalist.
I volunteer 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.