US, UK co-fund project to save Dhaka rivers

Diplomatic Correspondent

8 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A new anti-pollution advocacy project was formally launched on Friday, aiming to reduce river pollution in Dhaka.   

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) co-funded the project titled “Promoting Democratic Governance and Collective Advocacy for Environmental Protection in Dhaka City”.

The project was developed by Waterkeepers Bangladesh Consortium in collaboration with Counterpart International, said a US embassy press release.  

Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Atiqul Islam, Deputy Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Habibun Nahar and Deputy Chief of Mission of US Embassy Dhaka JoAnne Wagner participated in the inaugural ceremony of the new project.  The project is designed to advocate for clean Dhaka rivers, including by working with the Dhaka North and South City Corporations, Savar, Keraniganj, and the Gazipur neighborhoods in Dhaka district.

Through $297,000 USAID grant, Waterkeepers Bangladesh (WKB) will implement a robust advocacy initiative to monitor and control Dhaka City water, air, and noise.   

The WKB consortium will collaborate with key government, civil society organisations, universities, private sector corporations, and other stakeholders to improve the environment and quality of life in Dhaka. The US government, through USAID only, has provided more than $8 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971.