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LEDARS wins Water Showcase prize in 7th World Water Forum.

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LEDARS win World Water Showcase Prize in 7th World Water Forum 2015. LEDARS got excellent third prize in the World.

The southwest coastal region of Bangladesh is located in the lap of Mangrove forest, Sundarbans and Bay of Bengal. The area has been suffering negative impacts of climate change like, salinity intrusion and saline area expansion, monsoon variability, irregular rainfall, cyclones and tidal surges. It is one of the most disaster prone area which was seriously affected by super cyclone SIDR and AILA in 2009. After AILA most of the area of those upazilas became inundated by saline water which increased salinity in soil and water prenatally. Due to unplanned shrimp culture and sea level rise, salinity in soil and water is increasing day by day. The situation increased hardship of life of community people which immersed in distress in their livelihoods. A large number of people are also migrating from the area.

Considering the situation LEDARS has been implementing 2 projects in this area to enhance adaptive livelihood capacity and income of target beneficiaries. To reduced climate induced migration the project introduced integrated water resource management model through excavated mini ponds and canals in paddy land, established deep tube-wells, support households to preserve the daily use waste water for dry season cropping, etc. The project also increase awareness of the beneficiaries how to maximum use of their conserve rainwater, what kind of varieties are growing in less water, which verities can grow in brackish water, introduce tools and techniques to adaptive agriculture, etc. The project encourages farmers to practice resilient agriculture by adopting new water management model and for that the project provides incentives like seed, fertilizer and other agriculture equipments distribution. To reduce hardship of people’s life the project also supports beneficiaries to remove drinking water scarcity of the beneficiaries.

LEDARS present these activities as a case in the 7th World Water Forum which has been held in Daego, Republic of Korea on 12-17 April 2015. The name of the event is Water Showcase world Final in which LEDARS presents the water case titled “Water resource optimization for brighter future: A case of Climate Change Adaptation of Southwest Bangladesh”. 115 cases from different countries have submitted their cases among them 09 cases are selected as finalist. LEDARS case is selected for finalist like others based on the activities against the climatic situation of this region. 15 April 2015 is the day for Bangladesh because LEDARS is the only one case from our country and it wins third prize. The prize money is USD 4,000 and LEDARS receives a crest. Executive Director of LEDARS Mohon Kumar Mondal presented the case in 7th World Water Forum and receives the prizes. LEDARS welcome you all to celebrate this moment. Besides, we inviting you all to work together to resolve water crisis for drinking water and water for irrigation in the south west coastal region of Bangladesh.

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LEDARS (former Gana Unnayan Sangstha) presented the success story of local action entitled “CBO turns into development in the southwest coastal region of Bangladesh” during the session of “Asian Civil Society Innovate Change” on 19th March 2006 in the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico and has been awarded as top ten semi-finalist of the world.