Capacity Building Program on Systems Thinking and Stakeholder Engagement
The industrial boom which has propelled Asia’s growth has simultaneously caused immense strain on natural resources, including water resources. In the case of Bangladesh, which sits at the delta of three major rivers while also being subject to major swings from monsoon to drought seasons, proper water management is crucial to achieve a healthy living environment while providing a sufficient industrial supply. The World Bank estimates that 16 million people have been lifted out of poverty in the past decade thanks to economic growth, but also that industrial pollution entering the Bay of Bengal is in excess of 135 million tons per year.
This training on ESCAP's methodology on Systems Thinking and Stakeholder Engagement Planning is part of the continued collaboration between United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) of Bangladesh to explore development of an integrated industrial water use policy in Bangladesh. During the multi-stakeholder workshop on ‘Industrial Water Use Policy in Bangladesh’ on 5 May 2019 in Dhaka the need to strengthen interconnectedness and participatory approaches within the policy framework was identified, which also contributes to the capacity development of relevant stakeholders.
Through a series of interactive exercises, this workshop will identify and analyze the interlinkages between various industries, ministries, environmental elements, and other stakeholders. Using this analysis, key points for policy intervention can be identified. At the same time, the training will introduce participants to the ESCAP-IAP2 planning and assessment tool and methodology on effective stakeholder engagement.
The event will take place on 15-16 July 2019 in Dhaka including participants from the Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Industries, Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority, WARPO, Bangladesh Water Development Board, Department of Bangladesh Haor and Wetlands Development, Department of Environment, Institute of Water Modeling, Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services.