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Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK)

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined January 2021

Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge, BARCIK is a non-governmental non-profit development organization. Established in 1997 by a group of development practitioners and researchers.

Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Environmental Justice

Organizational Background

Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge, BARCIK is a non-governmental non-profit development organization. Established in 1997 by a group of development practitioners, researchers and social workers, BARCIK has been working in the fields of environment and development with utmost commitment and purpose. Registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau under the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Bangladesh, to operate foreign funds, BARCIK has been involved in exploring and incorporating indigenous knowledge and local practices into contemporary development programmes. Throughout these years BARCIK has been promoting the significance of local and indigenous knowledge through the education curriculum and independent research efforts in order to facilitate the empowerment of local and indigenous communities.

Currently BARCIK is striving towards the establishment of the BARCIK Institute for Applied Studies (BIAS) and now it is registered as non-profitable Trust namely “BIAS Trust”.  Through the formation of this institution BARCIK hopes to create a space for dialogue and extensive study of the various dimensions of Ethnographic discourse, thus breeding an ever-growing thirst for new ideas from the fertile soil of older wisdom.

BARCIK’s Vision 

Vision:

A society that is respecting the cultural and natural diversity and develops towards meeting the interdependent needs of humans, animals, plants and other natural resources.

The way how BARCIK is contributing towards this vision and its reason for existence are summarized in the following mission:

BARCIK’s Programme

  • Action Research
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Institution Development
  • Publication

 BARCIK’ Development Partners

BARCIK receives support from national and international organizations include:

MISEREOR (Germany), Diakonia (Sweden). Student Union of the University of Helsinki- Finland, The Swallows- Sweden and Women’s World Day of Prayer- German Committee

 

People Associated With This Organization

ABM Touhidul Alam

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh Resource Center for...
Joined January 2021
Interests: Environmental Justice
At present I have been working with BARCIK (Bangladesh Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge) as Director (Agro-ecology and Food Security) dealing community based Adaptation, Agro-biodiversity Conservation, livelihood and Food security issues. I am a Master of Science (MS) in Agricultural Extension Education from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh in 2001.

I have gathered experiences on:
- Participatory natural resource planning, implementation and management; biodiversity conservation through habitat restoration, establishment of reserves and wise use practices;
- Biodiversity inventory and contemporary research on population ecology of threatened wildlife; partnership, linkage and network development with Govt. agencies, NGOs and civil society;
- Community institution building for sustainable natural resource management involving local community;
- Training of local stakeholders on biodiversity and wildlife conservation;
- Training/awareness material development for resources users;
- Project formulation/development and small grant management

During my 18 years of service, I have worked in diversified development programs aiming at the livelihood improvement and food security, value chain development, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction etc. The main reason for join the international learning exchanges, capacity building and work together at any form in future if possible.
ABM Touhidul Alam is the network champion (main point of contact) for Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK).

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