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Volume 1 Issue 1

Climate Change Refugees: The Case for Legal Recognition

Author: Tahsin Khan

Abstract: The issue of climate change refugees has now become a burning issue in the contemporary world. As the number of climate change refugees is increasing alarmingly and a careful examination of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees apparently does not provide viable legal protection for them, they are posing growing anxiety to policy makers at national as well as international level. Adverse climate changes have been leading to various environmental disasters which are causing people to become climate change refugees. Nevertheless, there have been certain praiseworthy global efforts under the auspices of the United Nations to address and redress the situation. Still the future of the environmentally displaced people remains a bleak one. Therefore, the international community needs to take further proactive steps in this regard to solace the situation. If necessary, a new treaty may also be enacted for this purpose.

Citation: Tahsin, Khan. “Climate Change Refugees: The Case for Legal Recognition.” SED Journal of Environmental Studies; Vol 01, Issue 01 (September 2017): 15-41.

Modern Environmental Policies and Legislation: Possibilities and Limitations

Author: Moinuddin Kadir

Abstract: Environment itself has its own natural principals and rules. Science is providing us with deeper understanding of those rules of nature each moment. One human action or fact, which was a matter neutral to environmental safety yesterday, following some scientific discovery, might reveal to be harmful or, helpful to environment today. Human made polices and laws has limitation as same as the limitation of knowledge of human beings themselves. Especially in this era of rapid scientific discoveries and industrialization, the ‘good or bad’ notion for safety of environment changes and extends. This specific situation for environmental policies and legislation is discussed and reviewed with some illustrations within this article.

Citation: Moinuddin, Kadir. “Modern Environmental Policies and Legislation: Possibilities and Limitations.” SED Journal of Environmental Studies Vol 01, Issue 01 (September 2017): 43-64.

Rehabilitation of Buriganga River to Provide Sustainable Ecosystem

Author: Mohammad Nazmul Hossain

Abstract: To provide sustainable river ecosystem,, high river flow with high quality water and to provide environment for recreation rehabilitation of Buriganga river is the ideal plan according to IWRM principles. The Buriganga River has been disrupted due to reduction of its water flow and infringement of the banks and hazardous pollution. River rehabilitation and restoration embraces a great variety of measures having in common the emphasis on natural functions of rivers, which may have been lost or degraded by human intervention. There are three different alternatives are selected for rehabilitation of Buriganga river. They are basically the improvement of water quality, the augmentation of river flow and by both. This article focuses on why the rehabilitation program will be ideal for Buriganga which has degraded by human activities.

Protection of Environment and Relevant Environmental Laws in Bangladesh

Author: Nazia Amin

Abstract: Protection of environment is a very important factor from the early period of history. The wellbeing of a country mainly carries out by safe and healthy environment. So, it is necessary take care of the environment. In order to give direction of such protection, there are several national and international environmental laws in Bangladesh. Those laws not only provide direction but also punishment to those who are involved in destruction of surrounding. However, it is noticeable that those instruments are not properly enforced and are confined to only piece of papers. People are doing whatever they want with the environment. As a result, the environment has been polluted and they face natural calamities, collapsed of buildings and many other problems. It is necessary to solve those problems as soon as possible. Considering the situation, new environmental laws can be passed or existing laws can be amended. In addition, successful foreign models can also be followed in this regard.

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