Bangladesh is the world's largest delta and also the land of many water bodies. Water dominates life, people and economy of Bangladesh. Water is the most important resource of Bangladesh and the basis of its agricultural productivity. But excess of water is the cause of floods, the greatest natural hazard of Bangladesh. The developmental needs have changed the pattern of water use, given rise to conflict of interests, incorporated new technologies and have raised major environmental concerns. The different aquatic ecosystems have their own characteristics and their production patterns. The interaction between water resources, their uses and developmental needs raises many environmental concerns. The book is a compilation of contributions from eminent experts from Bangladesh and abroad on water related issues from different disciplines including the natural, engineering, health and social sciences which give an up-to-date review of the state of knowledge on all environmental aspects relating to surface water systems of Bangladesh.
A. Atiq Rahman is the Director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). He taught and researched for over 14 years in British Universities including Oxford and Aberdeen. He also coordinates the Global Forum on Environment and Poverty (GFEP) and the Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA). He has been a leading actor at the UNCED, global climate change negotiations, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Kyoto Climate Summit. He is also the Chairman, Steering Committee of Asia-Pacific National Councils for Sustainable Development.