Bay of Bengal Ocean Stewardship (Preparatory Phase)


The Bay of Bengal Ocean Stewardship program aims to address three key challenges to reduce the climate vulnerabilities of the coastal communities living in the Low Elevation Coastal Zone of Bay of Bengal countries; (i) the poor state of community stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems; (ii) inadequate capacity of conservation workforce to facilitate locally-led conservation; and (iii) the lack of trans-boundary institutional collaboration to adopt LME approach in conservation.

The program will enable national and local organizations to create trained workforce and build ocean literate citizenry for trans-boundary stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems. This program has been conceived and developed at Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension based at the University of Georgia as part of ‘Community Solution Program’ fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

As a Community Solutions Program Fellow (2017-18) at Georgia Sea Grant, I have developed this program. This current preparatory phase is six-month long and planned as a launch-pad for the envisaged partnership based platform which will be a permanent program. I am working as the Facilitator for the preparatory phase.


Preparatory phase: January – June 2018

Host Organization: Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension, University of Georgia
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Risse, Director
Mentor: Dr. Mona Behl, Associate Director
Facilitator: Md Kutub Uddin (Mohammad Arju), CSP Fellow 2017-18
Home Organization: Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative

Co-executing agencies: Global Youth Biodiversity Network; Department of Fisheries Biology and Genetics, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU)

Trans-boundary collaborators: EarthLanka (Sri Lanka), Zoo Outreach Organization (India), Riverine People (Bangladesh), Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (Myanmar), Organization for Social Orientation (Bangladesh)

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