The volume brings together a collection of essays written by colleagues, friends and students as a tribute to professor Mosharaff Hossain. In addition to personal tributes, the contributions cover issue in agriculture and the rural economy and development in general which were close to the heart of Mosharaff Hossain.
The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) has lost its majestic look. The hills are barren today. The forest resources have decreased to such great extent that official logging that the Bangladesh Forest industry Development Corporation (BFIDC) had performd for decades has come to an end. The Kaptai Dam, Karnaphuli Paper Mill (KPM) and other ‘development icons’ manifest concrete evidences of the ecological devastation today. The indigenous peoples who had a free run in the forest for generations now witness their nexus with nature torn.
Bangladesh has significant coal deposits in the North of the Country.But discontent and the grassroots revolt against the open-cut mine has made “Phulbari Coal Mine’ synonymous to a crisis. In the Face of unprecedented resistance from the communities, any activity in Phulbari mine footprint remains suspended since August 2OO6.This book presents stunning facts, analyses, critiques and images to Explain why local communities and many others are strongly opposed to Open cut mine.
The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna estuary forms the central and most dynamic part of the coastal zone of Bangladesh. It is being shaped by a complex pattern of interactions between phenomena as the discharge of water, the sediment load, tidal forces and estuarine circulation. This leads to a permanent process of formation and erosion of land and, indeed, to moving coastlines. It is a unique environment, not seen at this scale in any other part of the world. The book follows three interwoven themes.
Groundwater has been the main source of water for drinking and irrigation. It is also the source of arsenic poisoning that affects millions of people in Bangladesh. Despite its importance, very little information is available in the public domain on this enigmatic resource. On the other hand, vast amounts of information exist in unpublished project reports and the like. For the first time, this book brings together the key elements of this work as well as presenting an up to date perspective on the problems and prospects for the future use of groundwater in Bangladesh.
Adnan Morshed’s allegory of the oculus—a circular recess at the apex of a dome—as a way of seeing things from an unusual angle, with both engaged subjectivity and dispassionate distance, works well for some of the poignant developmental issues of Bangladesh. He lives away from his motherland, a detachment that he uses not for nostalgic reminiscences, but as a global citizen’s intellectual fodder for distant observations of his birthplace.
This is the author's seventh book on agricultural development and disaster management in Bangladesh. He draws upon his 35 years experience in the country to describe the causes and impacts of the floods which periodically ravage Bangladesh and to review the efforts made to mitigate the damage and suffering they cause. The three chapters in Part I provide background information on the physical environment.
People's Report on Bangladesh Environment 2001 is a pioneering attempt at capturing environmental perception of the citizens of the country. The Report focuses on people's livelihood and liberty; their land, food security and other basic rights; their aspiration for quality governance and equity; their struggle for survival with dignity and creativity. It ably puts people first and brings them at the centre stage of decision-making process on environmental management.
Bangladesh is amazingly green but it is a forest poor country indeed. According to officially recognized estimates the country’s forest cover has shrunk to merely six percent today from 20% in 1927. Even this estimate about the remaining forests is questionable. The old growth trees have disappeared from he public forests and one can hardly find good patches of natural forest anywhere in Bangladesh except for those in the mangroves. Plantations are not to be considered as forests. This is a miserable situation for the maintenance of ecological stability.