CEGIS has conducted more than 300 projects since its inception in 2002, of those some of the projects are
treated as extra ordinary type because of special copcepts, high skill and technology applications. Some of the are listed below:
The Khulna-Jessore Drainage Rehabilitation Project (KJDRP) was a flagship project of the BWDB wherein the innovative concept of the Tidal River Management (TRM) was adopted to relieve the severe drainage congestion from the project area. Through extensive consultation with stakeholders during an EIA study, CEGIS recommended the TRM in 1998 as a sustainable solution to drainage congestion to replace the traditional regulator approach. The effectiveness of the TRM approach has been proven through project monitoring. Relief from drainage congestion has yielded new opportunities in agriculture and fisheries. In order to take advantage of such opportunities, an integrated water resources management plan was drawn up with full participation of local Water Management Organizations (WMO) followed by the preparation of a participatory Operations and Maintenance (O&M) plan. The plan based on the bottom-up approach was accepted by the executing agency. This experience suggests that with proper facilitation, as undertaken by CEGIS, it is possible to make an indigenous water resource management plan. In 2011, CEGIS was engaged again in monitoring the KJDRP area considering the environmental and social settings.
The BWDB plans to construct one of the largest multi-purpose barrages in the world over the Ganges River at Pangsha in Rajbari for irrigating about 4.69 million hectares of land in the south-western region of Bangladesh. CEGIS has conducted environmental and socio-economic impact analysis and morphological study of the Ganges River and adjoining river systems and analyzed the possible impacts of the barrage on the floodplain characteristics, land use, ecosystems and livelihoods of the region. Based on extensive field investigation, analytical environmental analysis and resource analysis using space technology, the Environmental Management Plan and Resettlement Action Plan have been prepared to support the feasibility study
CEGIS was involved in a World Bank funded EIA of the Gorai River Restoration Project (GRRP) conducted for the BWDB. The impact of different flow regimes in the Gorai River and developing options for flow increase was investigated under this project. The EIA study assessed the impact of different flows taking into account different sectors, such as agriculture, fisheries and navigation. GIS and Remote Sensing was extensively used in the processing and analysis of data on environmental baseline conditions in respect of land, water, and biological and human resources in the study area. CEGIS also conducted environmental monitoring of the dredging work carried out in the Gorai River.
The environmental and social baseline of the Re-excavation of the Kabodak River Project was prepared for the BWDB as part of a synthesized Monitoring Report. The report was on the results of the dredging of the Kabodak River as observed during the period of November 2003 to August 2004 and continued up to December 2004. It contained the results and findings on issues regarding the ongoing dredging activities and the observed impacts during and after dredging on important environmental and social components relevant to the project activities. This monitoring report enabled the management of the BWDB to compare the future situation with the baseline and to take appropriate measures essential for the successful recovery of flow in the Kabodak River.
The benefits expected from the Water Management Improvement Projects (WMIP) are reduced vulnerability and enhanced livelihood opportunities for people living in project areas. This will be achieved through active participation of local stakeholders brought together under Water Management Organizations (WMOs) to manage and monitor water management structures. Malfunctioning structures such as sluice gates, culverts, embankments etc. will be improved also. In this regard, CEGIS is engaged for the period 2008-2013 in assisting the screening of flood control and rehabilitation schemes with an option that considers a participatory approach, as well as conducting E/SIA of selected schemes and providing multi-disciplinary capacity-building training to WMOs.
Every year, the highly dynamic Jamuna, Padma and Lower Meghna rivers render thousands of people in Bangladesh landless by eroding large areas of floodplains. Severe bank retreat associated with the widening of these major rivers during the last fifty years has caused great loss of land and suffering to people. Since 2004, CEGIS has been making yearly predictions of bank erosions and morphological changes of the Jamuna, Ganges and Padma rivers of Bangladesh, using time-series satellite images, GIS and RS techniques. The prediction results are presented in national workshops and the reports are distributed to the local stakeholders. The results show a reasonably good match with actual occurrences
In association with partner organizations of India, CEGIS has carried out a research theme titled “Convergence of Inland Navigation and Integrated Water Resources Management Goals” for the IUCN under the “The Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative”. Aiming to promote insight into the riverine ecosystem issues across the Bangladesh-India border, the research is focused on the sustainability of the international navigation route between Ashuganj in Bangladesh and Karimganj in India. The research mainly identified the causes of the deteriorating conditions of the rivers affecting navigation.
With the intention of connecting the south-west of the country to the northern and eastern regions, the government intends to build the Padma Bridge, which after completion is expected to become the largest bridge of the country. The morphological studies of the Padma river was carried out by CEGIS for the detailed design of the Bridge. It studied the evolution processes of the river in the last two centuries and predicted its development for several decades in the future. It also assessed the effects of climate change on the morphological processes of the river and the impact of other natural processes and human interventions upstream. The probable critical maximum depth of embayment between successive protective structures was assessed based on the history of channel development. The impacts of the bridge and the associated structures on the river morphology were also assessed.
Throughout the centuries, the Meghna estuary has experienced the dynamic process of erosion and accretion. The eroded (land loss) and accreted (land gained) areas have been assessed by CEGIS under the Meghna Estuary Studies and Estuary Development Program of the BWDB. During the process of monitoring, CEGIS identifies the main drivers that shape the Meghna estuary and assesses the future drivers that may cause impacts under climate change.
The existing cyclone shelters in the country are strong enough to withstand cyclones and associated storm surges, tsunamis, and earthquakes. This is the finding of the 'Update available information for cyclone shelters management for earthquake hazard (tsunami) and storm surge preparedness', carried out by CEGIS for the Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP). An evacuation route map for all settlements of the coastal area has also been developed under the study. Furthermore, a guideline has been prepared on the construction, management and maintenance of new cyclone shelters, and maintenance of the existing shelters that are still usable.
Every member country to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is required to submit periodically national reports (known as National Communications) on activities in relation to climate change. Bangladesh, as a Party to the Convention, submitted its Initial National Communication (INC) in 2001. In continuation of the INC report and under the bindings of the UNFCC, the Second National Communication (SNC) was prepared in 2012. CEGIS played a major role in preparing the SNC under a project with the Ministry of Environment and Forest of Bangladesh. CEGIS covered four components out of five which were: National circumstances; Programs containing measures to facilitate adaptation to climate change; Plan and program including policy support considered relevant towards achieving the objectives of the UNFCCC for assessing the national climate risk and vulnerability; and Other information that are relevant to achieving the objectives of the UNFCCC.
In order to improve upon the flood forecasting in Bangladesh, a project “Climate Forecast Application in Bangladesh (CFAB-I)” was conducted during 2000-2003. Under the project, three forecast schemes were tested: long term (1-6 months), medium term (20-25 days) and short-term (1-6 days). To further strengthen the efforts under CFAB-I, a second phase (CFAB II) titled “Flood Forecast Technology for Disaster Preparedness in Bangladesh” was implemented during 2006-2009 through CARE-Bangladesh under the Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO) program. CEGIS was assigned to apply climate and flood forecast at selected pilot regions (five unions of CARE - SHOUHARDO regions) in Bangladesh. The major tasks of CEGIS included baseline & vulnerability assessment and flood forecast dissemination & assessment of forecast applicability in pilot areas
Community Risk Assessment (CRA) is a process of identification, assessment and analysis of hazard specific risks in different vulnerable sectors of a community and preparation of a consensual risk reduction strategy to address these problems by involving communities, particularly those groups that are most vulnerable. Using the CRA guidelines of the Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP), CEGIS prepared multi-hazard zone maps for 64 unions and 3 paurashavas of Hatibandha, Godagari, Chauhali, Dharampasha, Moheshkhali, Sadarpur and Assasuni upazilas. The maps will be helpful to local communities, managers and decision makers for disaster and risk management. The work was supported under the European Community funded CDMP Component 3d: ‘Support for Livelihood Security Hazard Awareness’.
This study was a national level assessment of the impacts of Sea Level Rise (SLR) on the coastal population of Bangladesh for time-slices centered on 2020, 2050 and 2080 funded by the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. The study identified the factors contributing to population exposure and the socio-economic impacts of the SLR on the livelihoods of coastal communities. Inundation areas for the projected years 2020, 2050 and 2080 were estimated along with drainage congestion, salinity intrusion, population exposure and degrees of impacts.
Climate change impacts are likely to influence the monsoon season and hence lead to changes in spatial or temporal distribution of rainfall, impacting rice production and food security in Bangladesh. Therefore, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (Bioforsk), the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and CEGIS have undertaken this study to jointly develop strategies and tools for coping with weather variability during and between crop seasons. The study covers some of the drought prone upazilas in the north-west region and the saline prone upazilas in the south-west region of Bangladesh. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Dhaka. Among other things, it will assess the impacts of climate change on water resources and rice yields in the selected rice growing sub-divisions, generate water requirement scenario using DRAS under different climate conditions, and develop crop production scenarios using crop modeling software such as DSSAT, DRAS and AQUACROP.
Avian Influenza is a hazard for the poultry industry. It causes heavy economic losses to farmers as well as reductions in the protein intake of people. To address this issue, CEGIS has developed an operational SMS gateway system for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to ensure rapid reporting and archiving of suspected Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) cases for the Department of Livestock Services. It is a simple system comprising of a mobile phone and a computer fitted with a modem, and can be easily established anywhere such as at Union Parishad Information Centers.
CEGIS has celebrated its Annual Picnic 2016 on 8 January 2016 at Seagull Resort, Mawna, Gazipur.