The Director of the Institute, Dr Sheikh Tawhidul Islam, has been working for more than 20 years in different fields of environment ranging from hydro-meteorological processes, landform morphology to natural resources that gave him opportunities in reading and understanding these aspects meticulously. He combines science and social science tools and methods like GIS, remote sensing techniques and statistical methods as quantitative techniques; use theories like political ecology, common property resource management, and PRA, FGD as qualitative tools to examine environmental, disaster, and climate change impact situations. He used multi-sensor spaceborne image data to detect historical forest cover change in the central parts of Bangladesh while undertaking his Ph.D. research at Durham University (2002-2006) in the The United Kingdom. Wide-ranging field experience, national level contributions, experience to work with government and international agencies are the pillars upon which Dr. Islam’s professional strength, integrity and skills are relied on.
JOURNAL PAPERSyed Hafizur Rahman Sheikh Tawhidul Islam, Tapas Ranjan Chakraborty, Road to Effective Introduction of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Bangladesh: A Case Study from a Project Intervention, Bangladesh Journal of Environmental Research, 11, pp.67-79, 2020.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the long-standing tool used by the Government of Bangladesh and also by the development proponents to make sure the proposed development project does not undermine environmental sustainability. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) implied to policy, plan and programme is comparatively a new tool in Bangladesh although emerged elsewhere in the world since 2000 and recently incorporated into the Environmental Policy of Bangladesh 2018. This paper presents arguments on how SEA could effectively be introduced in Bangladesh. Qualitative data gained from PROTC project (Oxfam) intervention areas (Satkhira coast, Nilphamari char lands and Sunamganj haors) were used to develop rationale why local environmental and social elements are pivotal in ensuring their sustainability. Effective application of SEA will not only strengthen the legal framework relating to the environment in Bangladesh but also will provide necessary guidelines for the safeguard of social and environmental components of the country.Syed Hafizur Rahman, BMR Faisal, Sheikh Tawhidul Islam, A CRITICAL REVIEW ON WATER GOVERNANCE GAPS IN BANGLADESH, SUB JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, pp.40, 2019.
This paper aims to outline the gaps regarding water governance for Bangladesh from the experience of Asia Water Governance Index (AWGI) which was proposed by Araral and Yu in 2010 and from country baseline survey on water integrity issues in 2014. Twenty indicators have been evaluated in the dimension of water law, water policy, and water administration in order to appraise the status of Bangladesh. It has been found that, among twenty variables, eleven variables like surface water property right, accountability of water sector officials, decentralisation tendency within water law, legal framework for integrated treatment of water sources, pricing policy, water law and water policy linkage, finance for water investments, functional capacity and balance, validity of water data and science and technology application have been in unacceptable status compare to the top countries (Australia, Singapore and Japan). The rest nine indicators have moderate upgrading scenario compare to the top countries. The country baseline assessment states that the existing law/policy/legislation and water institution covers the issues like water rights, equitable sharing and gender participation in the legislative frameworks and in organizational instructions but corruption, accountability and transparency aspects are not clearly specified or not pertinent in some cases. From the experience of AWGI and baseline water integrity survey, these identified issues should be prioritized to improve the water governance in Bangladesh.
BOOK CHAPTERSheikh Tawhidul Islam, Climate change crisis in Bangladesh, Routledge India, 2019/4/10, pp.18, 2019.
This chapter is a discussion on the conceptual conundrums and challenges in coping with climate change crisis in Bangladesh. It provides geographical explanations for aspects of climate change; how programme activities are designed and implemented; and, finally, the chapter identifies the critical knowledge gaps in areas of climate change using secondary information. It argues that uncertainties and extreme events are natural parts of the climatic systems of any country where seasons are as characteristically distinct as they are in Bangladesh.
BOOKSheikh Tawhidul Islam and Alak Paul, Geography in Bangladesh: Concepts, Methods and Applications, Taylor & Francis, 2019/4/10, pp.300, 2019.
This book provides an overview of the emergence of geography as a discipline in Bangladesh and the contributions made by local geographers towards the development of the country. It explores problems associated with population growth and poverty, landlessness and food security, land use and natural resource management, urbanism, climate change, disaster management and human health. The volume shows how research and the study of geography in the ‘periphery’can contribute in achieving progress in countries like Bangladesh and help them prepare against imminent disasters, ecological, social, economic shocks and uncertainties. This book will be useful to students and researchers of geography, environment studies, disaster management, development studies, geoinformatics, geology, demography, sociology and South Asian studies with a particular focus on Bangladesh. It will also interest various policy makers and NGO professionals working in these and related fields.
Position: Key Expert
Urban Resilience Project – RAJUK; April (2019) to December (2020).