The Story Grant Programme for Atmospheric Issues: Selected participants

Rafiqul Islam

Md Rafiqul Islam is an environmental and development reporter based in Dhaka. He is currently working for the United News of Bangladesh (UNB), the largest private-sector news agency in Bangladesh as a Senior Correspondent. He received his graduate and post-graduate degrees in Communication and Journalism from Chittagong University, Bangladesh, and intends to obtain an M Phil degree from Dhaka University. He has already submitted his thesis paper on urban environmental information to the university’s Department of Geography and Environment.

Over the course of his eight-year tenure with UNB, he has covered environmental and development issues – water, climate change, disaster management, forest management, wildlife, human rights, urbanization, poverty, food and agriculture. He is a regular contributor to the Dhaka Courier, a sister concern of the UNB and an English weekly in Dhaka. He also contributes to, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Inter Press Service (IPS) and Climate Home.

He started his career in 2005 as an apprentice correspondent at the Chittagong Bureau of The Bangladesh Observer, the country’s oldest newspaper, and has continued to contribute to news agencies such as the Daily New Nation and Asia360. In addition to reporting, Islam works with national and international agencies like UNDP, Oxfam and IWM as a consultant in formulating policy on media and communication.

He was one of the participants of the Regional Media Training Workshop: Air pollution, its sources and impacts, and mitigation options organized by ICIMOD in 2015. He can be reached at