The Bangladesh River Forum was the first national initiative of its kind organized by Riverine People since 2018. With the slogan of “listening to the grassroots“, this event was held on November 18, 2018 at PKSF Auditorium in Dhaka. Its main objective was to listening to the grassroots movements, initiatives, and civil society organizations. Countering the currents of top down approaches of river governance, Bangladesh River Forum aims to make a paradigm shift by including the activists on the ground.
As Riverine People is inbuilt with the ‘spirit of youth’- it has outfits in the universities across the country, River Forum 2018 aimed to gather all the river related grassroots initiators at a confluence for a day long interaction.
Bangladesh River Forum 2018 is designed to be the launch-pad for grassroots organizations-led effective community stewardship of rivers in Bangladesh. During the forum participants will be engaged in intensive and interactive reflections about how to secure and sustain greater public-engagement for watershed-based participatory river conservation.
By this forum, more than 100 civil society organizations, community based organizations, youth-led organizations attended this daylong event to exchange their views and understandings to each other. The perspective from the grassroots on challenges and opportunities in river movement was discussed through some interactive sessions.
By the discussion and experience sharing among CSOs, NGOs, GOs and policy makers the participants got a vision for the river movements of Bangladesh in the coming days to protect all the rivers together.