1st field visit and training in Rajshahi (Bangladesh)

In Rajshahi, – the partner city of Bangladesh, the first field visit was conducted during 22 – 24 June 2010. The workshop was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Panel Mayor, Mr. Shariful Islam in the presence of Mr. K M Abdus Salam, Secretary, RCC, Corporators of RCC as well as the senior and middle level officials of different divisions from the corporation.

The training was conducted over a period of 3 days and involved a number of exercises and group discussions on ecoBUDGET and PDMS systems among the participants. Through these exercises, the participants first identified the relevant environmental problems in their own cities and the natural resources that are impacted by these environmental problems. With the help of group discussions on these issues the participants, in a step by step process, prepared the first draft of the master budget for ecoBUDGET. The participants also identified important issues which will need to be integrated with the PDMS software for collection of data through a household level survey. They identified areas where the survey will be conducted in a pilot scale for the purposes of the project.