Lecture_ VC SIR_BRACU ENV 103 Env. Mgmt April 2013.ppt

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BRAC UNIVERSITY 2013 April Introduction to Environmental management in Bangladesh Ainun Nishat Ph.D. Vice Chancellor, BRAC University
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BRAC University April 2013 Introduction This presentation has four parts: Part – I Introduction to Environment Management and Sustainable Development Part - II Sustainable Development Issues and Concerns in Bangladesh Part – III Environmental Governance and Bangladesh Part – IV Some comments on role of Students and Academics and Concluding Remarks
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BRAC University April 2013 Part – I Introduction to Environment Management and Sustainable Development
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BRAC University April 2013 Introduction There is a general consensus all over the world on need to integrate environmental concerns in development planning and management. Some see concerns for environment as efforts to control development. Some claim that their business will loose competitive edge. But this is not correct. What is aimed at is “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” In Bangladesh, are we following routes towards Sustainable development? on paper --- yes. in practice --- no.
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BRAC University April 2013 Introduction ( contd…) Present day approach on sustainable development is documented in the JPoI, (Johannesburg Plan of Implementation), or, WSSD outcome that combines recommendations of Agenda 21, various Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements and the targets of MDGs. In June 2012, Rio +20 evaluation was organized and finalized another document entitled ‘Future we want’. Next major global event will be held in 2015 to review the performance of MDGs. In 2000, the UN had set 8 MDGs, which is an agenda for improving the human condition by 2015. The 7 th MDG deals with the environmental sustainability. Environmental sustainability and human well-being are very closely related. Environmental sustainability is a must for any strategy for pro-poor growth. In Bangladesh a large number of the population live below poverty line. For them, the environment provides the vital resources for their livelihoods.
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BRAC University April 2013 What is Environment (taken from US Environment Policy Act 1969 where no definition was given) “… … … the whole complex of physical, social, cultural, economic and aesthetic factors which affects individuals and communities and ultimately determine their form, character, relationship and survival … … …”
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BRAC University April 2013 Other definitions ……. Whatever is around us constitutes our Environment Components of Environment: Physico-Chemical Biological: Biodiversity and ecological Human interest related
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BRAC University April 2013 Sustainable Development The Brundtland Commission defines sustainable development as – “the development that meets the need of the present , without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet their own needs”.
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