Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal visits ICIMOD


The Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal, Her Excellency Mrs Mashfee Binte Shams, along with other diplomats from Bangladesh visited the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) on 21 November 2013. 

Welcoming the delegation to the Centre, Director General Dr David Molden gave a brief overview of ICIMOD’s work, priority areas, and its contribution to the regional member countries. He highlighted ICIMOD’s strategic engagement with Bangladesh and the role the Government of Bangladesh plays in implementing ICIMOD’s work. He also acknowledged Bangladesh’s support to mountain agenda at global forums like the UNFCCC

ICIMOD’s Livelihoods Theme Leader and Country Focal Point for Bangladesh, Dr Golam Rasul, presented the major works done by the Centre in Bangladesh.  They included: supporting the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts in envisioning and developing a framework for sustainable development of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, establishing regional flood information system, piloting and testing innovative options for income generation and livelihoods promotion, testing community-based early warning system, and strengthening capacities of relevant organizations by roping in expertise and insights from ICIMOD’s other member countries.   

Ambassador Mrs Shams thanked Dr David Molden for the invitation and expressed deep appreciation for the work ICIMOD is doing in Bangladesh. “The role of ICIMOD as a regional organization has increased manifold due to climate change and its impacts on water, agriculture, and food security of the region,” she said.  

The Ambassador also toured the regional program on Mountain Environment Information System (MENRIS) where Senior Manager Basanta Shrestha showed some ongoing GIS and remote sensing activities relevant to Bangladesh.