Sunamganj to have largest solar power plant

11 04 2014

‘The government will install a solar power plant in Sulla upazila of Sunamganj district [#Sylhet] aiming to give the people of remote haor (wetland) areas access to solar energy facilities.

The solar power plant will be installed under a project involving Tk 29 crore with finance from the Climate Trust Fund and the government of Bangladesh.’

Full story: UNB connect





Bangladesh tackles climate change by fusing rice paddies with fish farms

2 03 2013

By combining aquaculture with wet paddy farming in its coastal areas Bangladesh can meet food security and climate change issues, says a report.

The approach promises more nutritious food without causing environmental damage, and has the potential for a “blue-green revolution” on Bangladesh’s existing crop areas, extending to about 10m hectares (25m acres) and an additional nearly 3m hectares that remain waterlogged for four to six months.

Full story: The Guardian





Bangladesh Tourism: Sustainable Renewable Energy Solution

2 10 2012

Bangladesh has immense potential for using renewable energy as a sustainable solution for the tourism destinations’ quest to become greener and efficient. There are viable levels of sources for renewable energy as well. However for constraints lying within renewable energy solutions must be taken care of.
Prof Dr Md Ashraful Islam Chowdhury, Department of Marketing, University of Dhaka said this while presenting the keynote paper on “Greening Tourism Destinations of Bangladesh Is Renewable Energy a Sustainable Solution?” at award giving ceremony of Bangladesh Tourism Foundation.

Full story: The Bangladesh Monitor





BANGLADESH: Sylhet ill-prepared for quakes

24 02 2012

Sylhet is ill-prepared for earthquakes due to lack of awareness and unplanned urbanization, say experts.

“Total disregard for the national building code by the builders has left Dhaka extremely susceptible,” said earthquake expert and civil engineer Mehedi Ahmed Ansary, from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET).

Full story: IRIN News





New policy for solar energy business

7 02 2012

A government policy to promote renewable energy has lured a large number of new entrants into the business, particularly for solar panel installations, sector people said.

In the last two years, nearly 100 firms and NGOs have appeared on the scene to sell technologies including solar home systems, water heaters, irrigation pumps, street lights and their accessories and batteries.

Full story: The Daily Star

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BANGLADESH: Dialling into disaster risk reduction

30 10 2011

Bangladesh’s high-growth mobile phone sector is buying into disaster risk reduction, and the cyclone-affected costal region stands to gain most, say government officials, aid workers and private sector sources.

By the beginning of 2012, the Disaster Management Bureau (DMB) will team up with the country’s largest mobile phone provider Grameenphone, and state-run mobile phone company Teletalk, to provide early warnings for cyclones and floods to all 14 coastal districts.

Full story: IRIN News





Bangladesh population over 150 million

26 10 2011

Bangladesh’s population stands at 150.5 million in 2011, according to a UN projection released on Wednesday, five-days ahead of when the world population is expected to reach 7 billion, ‘a milestone, but also a wake-up call.’

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in its annual flagship publication State of World Population 2011 also indicated the number of males and females at 76.2 million and 74.3 million respectively, and pegged the country’s annual population growth rate at 1.3 percent.

Full story: BD News 24