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Established in 1986, the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) is a leading research and policy institute in the non-government sector of Bangladesh. It is independent, non-profit and specializes in policy analysis, action research and project  implementation for sustainable development at local, national, regional and global levels. BCAS addresses sustainable development through the following interdisciplinary themes.  They are:
•    Environment and climate change
•    Good governance through people’s participation
•    Poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods
•    Economic growth
•    Public-private partnership
•    Sustainable markets
The overall aim of BCAS is to provide guidance and practical solutions to promote sustainable development, eradicate poverty, improve access of the poor to resources and ensure social justice.
BCAS tests dynamic ideas, develops models and gives practical solutions to problems in all areas that fall under the broad themes. These ideas have been replicated by NGOs, government departments, private sectors and UN agencies.

Vision and Mission

•    To undertake action research on policy issues and implementation at local, national, regional and international levels for advancing and supporting sustainable development   
•    To develop ideas and models for efficient resource management, conservation of the environment with an aim to  promote sustainable development
•    To ensure people’s and community participation in planning, implementation and management of resources
•    To undertake collaborative research with scientists in both national and international organizations to share  knowledge and experience
•    To motivate and facilitate the private sector to adopt cleaner production methods, pollution abatement techniques and ensure clean environment and sustainable trade.
•    To enhance the capacity of civil society, private and public sectors in the
areas of environment and natural resource management and promote pathways to green economy for ensuring sustainable development.
•    To closely work with various agencies and departments of the Government in different countries as well as development partners, international institutions and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

Key approaches

•    Integration of knowledge and information at community, national, regional and global levels into policy and programme to make knowledge useful and effective through documentation, communication and outreach.
•    Carry out research to establish linkages between science, policy and people to promote sustainable development
•    Integration of indigenous knowledge and experience of communities with scientific knowledge to increase awareness and efficiency.
•    Development through participatory approach, by involving communities, in identifying problems and root causes and suggesting solutions.
•    To bring out publications including books, newsletters and monographs and to disseminate the results and findings of various research and initiatives
•    To enhance public awareness and influence policy decisions through policy dialogue, advocacy, networking, training, workshop, seminar and symposium
•    To undertake interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research activities using multidisciplinary methodologies


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Nobel Peace Prize in 2007
Dr. Atiq Rahman is a well recognized global leader in sustainable development. He was a lead author of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which received Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was a recipient of this Noble Peace Prize with other scientists.
Champions of Earth
Dr Atiq Rahman has been awarded the UN Highest Award for Environment 'Champions of the Earth 2008'. This award recognizes the extraordinary leadership and his contribution to environmental issues, sustainable development and climate change.
Paribesh Padak
"Bangladesh National Environment Award - 2008" Dr. Atiq Rahman, Executive Director of BCAS, received the Award from the Government of Bangladesh for Environmental Research and Technology Innovation.
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Dhaka City - State Of Environment (SOE) 2005
Facing Up To Climate Change In South Asia
Promoting Eco-Friendly Agricultural Practices in the Chanda Beel/Area
Adverse Impacts of Climate Change on Development of Bangladesh Integrating Adaptation Into Policies and Activities
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South-North Dialogue On Equity In The Greenhouse A Proposal For An Adequate And Equitable Global Climate Agreement
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Global Environmental Outlook 3
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Groundwater Resources and Development in Bangladesh Background to the Arsenic Crisis, Agricultural Potential and the Environment
The End of Development? Global Warming, Disasters and The Great Reversal of Human Progress
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People’s Livelihoods at the Land-Water Interface Emerging Perspectives on Interactions between People and Floodplain Environment
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From Flood to Scarcity: Re-Defining The Water Debate In Bangladesh (Working Papers, Environment and Development Series No. 1)
Drinking Water, Bathing and Sanitation The Risk to Human Health in Rural Bangladesh (School of the Environment, Environment and Development series No. 2, Working Papers)
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A New Initiative For North-South Dialogue On Climate Change Good Practices, Technology Innovation And New Partnership For Sustainable Development Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing the Climate
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