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20th Anniversary of Bangladesh Environmental Network (BEN)

June 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

20th Anniversary of Bangladesh Environmental Network (BEN) will be held in Jackson Heights, New York on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The anniversary event will provide an opportunity to look back BEN’s works, successes, challenges since its start in 1998. Experts, activists, members, supporters will present their work and tell their stories at the day-long event. The event is free and open to all.


9:30 am

Registration starts

10:00 am–11:30 am

Children’s essay and drawing competition

11:30 am–1:00 pm

Opening session

– Presentation on Bangladesh Environmental Network (BEN)
– Greetings from Bangladeshi and international environmental organizations
– Opening cultural program

1:00 pm–1:30 pm

Video presentations

– 24 hours at St. Martin’s Island (Sarah Cameron Sunde)
– The struggle to revive the Baral River

1:30 pm–3:00 pm

First symposium on Bangladesh environment issues

– Dr. Khalequzzaman (Lock Haven University): Flood and other problems of the Haor area
– Dr. Abul Hussam (George Mason University): The arsenic problem in Bangladesh: current status and future prospects
– Dr. Sufian Khondker (Arcadis): Green infrastructure to alleviate water-logging of Dhaka city
– Engr. Taqsem Khan (Dhaka WASA): Dhaka WASA’s experience in providing drinking water sewerage service

3:00 pm–3:30 pm

Poetry Recitation

3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Second symposium on Bangladesh environment issues

– Dr. Ahmed Badruzzaman (UC-Berkeley): Issues of nuclear power generation in Bangladesh
– Dr. Sajed Kamal (Brandeis University): Current status and future prospects of solar energy in Bangladesh
– Dr. Dipen Bhattacharya (Riverside College): Role of sedimentation in protecting Bengal delta from submergence due to climate change
– Dr. Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain (Open University, Bangladesh): The impact of climate change on the coastal people’s livelihood in Bangladesh

5:00 pm–5:30 pm

Prize distribution to winners of children’s competitions

5:30 pm–6:45 pm

Discussion on experience and lessons of Bangladesh environment movement

– Dr. Abdul Matin, General Secretary, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA)
– Dr. Saleh Tanveer, Chair, BEN Expert Panels and Treasurer, BEN
– Sharif Jamil, Joint Secretary, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA)

6:45 pm–7:30 pm

Discussion on the role of next of NRBs (Non-resident Bangladeshis) in the environment movement

7:30 pm–9:30 pm

Cultural program (Drama, Music, Dance)


School Auditorium, P.S. 69
77-02, 37 Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372


Syed Fazlur Rahman, 347-842-8526
Nini Wahed, 929-329-9393 | 718-729-0582
Mohammad Harun, 347-494-9026
Nazrul Islam, 347-735-0405


June 30, 2018
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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