4th  International Conference on Bangladesh Environment (ICBEN)-2020

A BAPA-BEN Conference

December 26-27, 2020

[Please note that the timing of ICBEN-2020 (December 26-27 Bangladesh Standard Time) was conceptualized for an in-person conference located in Bangladesh. Due to COVID-19 and the switch to a virtual mode, the beginning of the conference now conflicts with Christmas (Dec 25) for our participants in North America and Europe. We apologize for the conflict and will make every attempt to accommodate speakers and participants joining us from these locations. Thank you for your understanding.]


         Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) are pleased to announce that the 4th International Conference on Bangladesh Environment (ICBEN) will be held on December 26-27, 2020. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be held virtually.

For more than two decades, BAPA and BEN, together with other pro-environment forces of the country, have waged a relentless campaign for the protection of Bangladesh’s environment. Many successes have been achieved. However, reversing the overall trend of environmental deterioration remains a challenge. As a part of this continued struggle, BAPA and BEN hold annual conferences on specific environmental issues that are augmented by comprehensive international conferences, popularly abbreviated as ICBEN, every few years. ICBEN covers all major issues of the environment in Bangladesh as well as globally. Previous ICBENs were held in 2000, 2002, and 2010.  As BAPA marks the 20th anniversary of its founding, we will be holding an ICBEN to take stock of the progress achieved thus far, and to chart out future courses of action.

Scope and Topics of ICBEN 2020

Similar to previous ICBENs, this year’s conference will also have a broad scope. It will encompass all major issues related to the environment, including broad categories of topics such as:

·       Climate Change, Disaster Management


·       Rivers, floodplains, and wetlands


·       Energy and Environment


·       Coastal and Marine Environment


·       Pollution Control, Waste Management


·       Health and food-safety


·        Forests, Biodiversity & Indigenous Peoples


·       Urban and Rural Planning


·       Gender dimension of environmental issues


·       Grassroots Movements


·       Economic, legal and management issues


·       Governance, political parties, and  Civil Society

Call for Papers

Papers are invited on the above topics for presentation at ICBEN 2020. The revised timeline for papers is as follows:

  • Submission of the Abstract: November 30, 2020 (Flexible deadline)

A substantive 300-500 words abstract stating the title of the paper, name of the author(s) with institutional affiliation(s), and e-mail addresses is required.

  • Abstract Acceptance: December 05, 2020
  • Full Paper Submission: December 15, 2020 (Flexible deadline)

Program Co-conveners on next page can exercise flexibility on submission deadlines.

All abstracts and papers should be sent electronically in Word format to the following persons:

  1. Papers written by authors residing in Bangladesh:

Prof. Shahidul Islam, Department of Geography & Environment, Dhaka University, Ramna, Dhaka. Email: shahidul_bd@yahoo.com

  1. Papers written by authors residing outside of Bangladesh:

Dr. Ahmed Badruzzaman, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Email: ahmed.badruzzaman@berkeley.edu

A selection of papers presented at ICBEN-4 will be published in the conference proceedings after necessary editorial process. A special volume of the selected papers is also planned for a peer- reviewed journal.

Dual Format

Following the tradition of BAPA-BEN conferences, ICBEN-4 will have a dual format, with “Expert Sessions” for presentation of papers by scientists and scholars and “General Sessions” for presentation by leaders, activists, and representatives of different sections of the society, including direct victims of environmental degradation. To have appropriate representation in the General Sessions, conference organizers will reach out to various environmental organizations; conservation movements; political parties; professional organizations; trade unions; grassroots/civic organizations; organizations for women, youth, students; cultural and sports organizations; and other relevant organizations and individuals.

Organizers of the Conference

Also following the tradition of past ICBENs, BAPA and BEN will invite all universities; other environment-related academic institutions; environmental organizations; conservation movements; and other pro-environment organizations to join ICBEN-2020 as associate organizers.

Conference Office

BAPA office at 9/12 Lalmatia, Block D, Dhaka 1217, will serve as the office of ICBEN-2020. The office may be contacted by phone at 02-58152041 and by e-mail at bapa2000@gmail.com.

Circulated by:

Dr. Mohd. Abdul Matin Member Secretary,

Conference Organizing Committee (COC) BAPA-BEN ICBEN 2020

Phone: 880 181 922 3343, E-mail: memory14@agni.com