The Bangladesh Environmental Institutional Strengthening Project (BEISP) is a joint project of the Government of Canada and the Bangladesh Department of Environment, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Project period is from 2006-2010.
 

    

PROJECT PURPOSE

To increase the capacity for sustainable environmental management in Bangladesh, with 2 main components:

Strengthen the capacity of the Department of Environment to implement their strategic Plan; and
Strengthen the capacity of civil society for environmental management.

EVOLUTION OF THE PROJECT

Bangladesh Environmental Management Project (BEMP) from 1999 to 2005.
Memorandum of Understanding between Government of Canada and Government of Bangladesh for a Grant Project, in May-July, 2006
Interim Phase of BEMP from 2005 to August 2006, during which BEISP was designed and the Canadian Project Implementation Agency was selected
BEISP from August 2006 to June 2010

HOW THE PROJECT RESPONDS


PROJECT DESIGN

Strengthened Capacity of DOE to implement its Strategic Plan:

Improved, transparent and sustainable DOE service delivery;
Improved capacity to monitor environment quality;
Improved DOE enforcement capability;
Enhanced capacity to address legal issues;
Improved capacity to develop and implement the environmental assessment rules and guidelines for selected priority areas;
Improved capacity to coordinate the implementation of the Dhaka Environmental Strategy (DES);
Enhanced ability to meet international environmental convention responsibilities.
 
Strengthened Capacity of Civil Society for Environmental Management
   
Improved capacity of civil society for sustainable environmental management;
Improved capacity of Bangladesh service sector;
Increased awareness within business and political leadership;
Enhanced application of sustainable environmental management practices;
Improved environmental health in agreed upon areas/sub-sectors.
 
GENDER EQUALITY
 
A cross-cutting theme, recognizing the need to boost the role of women in environmental management.
Opportunities throughout Components 100 and 200, to promote gender equality in environmental management.
Focus on operational aspects within DOE, and role of women in communities.
 

ELEMENTS OF INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING
 
BEISP, working with and facilitating DOE:
 

Review/analysis of Bangladesh constraints & International Best Practices.
Assess, refine, and reformat laws, procedures, guidelines, etc.
Strengthen information management.
Prepare manuals & guides = operational tools
 

ELEMENTS OF INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING

 
Training modalities for DOE and civil society partners:
 

Learning-by-doing.
Formal and informal training.
Collaborative development of training manuals.
Experience in and documentation of demonstration projects.
 
 

LINKAGES BETWEEN OUTPUTS
 



 

PROPOSED BEISP ACTIVITY LEVELS

 

The Canadian Project Implementing Agency is Cowater International (www.cowater.com).

Contacting BEISP:
The project office is located within Paribesh Bhaban and can be contacted at (880 2) 812 6193-4
or 913 3452-4. The Senior Program Manager is Mr. C. Gary Holm. Email: gholm@cowater.com