ESDO is successfully running community mobilizing and awareness-raising campaigns. We initiated the “Anti-polythene/plastic Campaign” in 1990, which resulted in a complete ban of polythene shopping bags throughout Bangladesh. This campaign has been replicated around the globe- in India, Japan, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Nigeria, Egypt, USA and Australia.
ESDO is working to raise awareness among mass people about the adverse effects of dental amalgam on human health and environment as well. It was successful to compel the Government of Bangladesh to ratify the Minamata Convention. ESDO promote environmental education and mass awareness about the harmful effects of mercury containing dental amalgam and lead in paints. ESDO is implementing a campaign in a village of Narayanganj – Munshiganj to address current lifestyle practices to ensure sustainability, self-reliance, and conservation. In this area, ESDO has popularized the sustainable management of natural resources, and helped to raise awareness of conservation of biodiversity amongst the villagers. The initiative has made individuals and communities more aware about the need to protect the environment to combat health problems, food shortages, and dependency. ESDO has run community forestry programs where we not only helped the community tree plantations, but ensured that knowledge relating to the need for land rehabilitation, including the use of particular plant species, was shared. ESDO is also working to involve youth in environmental movement by ensuring environmental education through different organizational framework.
Training and Capacity Building is one of the ESDO’s main activities and a major source of income. Every year the organization provides training and capacity building programs for NGO staff and government representatives on various issues, particularly related to environmental management and advocacy. Secretary General of ESDO Dr.HossainShahriar is the Official Country Representative of Advocacy Institute (AI), Washington D. C. USA.
ESDO also has experience working in Cox’s Bazaar and Teknaf. Our project conducted in the area from 1999 to 2000 was primarily an awareness-raising campaign on the importance of seabeach protection and marine life conservation. Approximately 1,500 people were directly involved, but it is estimated that 7,500 individuals benefited indirectly. The project was geared towards students of schools and colleges.
ESDO has initiated community based sustainable eco-tourism in the northern part of Bangladesh. Already experienced with foreign guest through the village community at Hatiandha village in Natore District introduced home stay program.