Webinar on Humanitarian Engineering for Sustainable Development
A webinar was held on 5 June, 2021 on the eve of World Environment Day under the auspices of the ENHANCE project funded by the EU. Two partner universities from Bangladesh namely, Dhaka University and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) organized the event. Prof Dr. Mohammad Shoeb, University of Dhaka; Prof Dr. G M Tarekul Islam, BUET; Prof Dr. Barry Noller, Queensland University and Dr. Zati Hakim Azizul Hasan, University Malaya imparted presentations in the webinar. In addition, Prof. Georgia Kremyda, Project Coordinator and Mr. Eugenio Delfino, Project Officer of the ENHANCE project also spoke on the occasion. A large number of participants including academics, professionals and graduate students participated in the webinar. Prof. Tarekul Islam from BUET imparted a presentation on Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh. His presentation included a brief overview of water-energy-food (WEF) nexus thinking. He highlighted that the WEF Nexus is a useful concept to apprehend the complex and interrelated nature of vital natural resources that is indispensable in the achievement of sustainable development goals related to water, energy and food for Bangladesh. The WEF nexus approach expounds interdependency of three interfaces of energy-water, energy-food and food-water and through integrating nexus perspectives into national plans, policies and strategies, becomes a policy and resource management instrument. He accentuated the importance of nexus relations of water, energy and food production through sectoral dependency by assessment of demands and issues. By reviewing the national plans and policies of Bangladesh, he explored the integration level of nexus perspectives that is considered essential in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).