The Southwest Coastal Region of Bangladesh is a part of the Ganges flood plain, geographical location has given it a brackish water regime. It contains a highly productive mangrove ecosystem Sundarbans, unique type of biodiversity and most of the areas are tidal wetlands. Human civilization and culture of the region has developed throughout the centuries by optimum utilization of natural resources and addressing natural disasters. The unsolicited human interventions and adverse impact of climate change kept a negative impact on the environment, ecology and biodiversity in this region that are creating vulnerabilities to human lives and livelihoods, resulting in increased poverty gradually.
In this context, a group of young, energetic and socially committed enthusiasts have formed ‘AOSED-An Organization for Socio-Economic Development’ in 1999 to work together for conserving environment, ecology, biodiversity and addressing challenges of climate change to improve the standard of lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities.
Since the journey, AOSED addressing Water Justice, Food security and agriculture, environment conservation and climate change, health & hygiene, Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency response issues through implementing different projects, programs and social action research with the cooperation of various level of national, international development agencies and research and educational institutions.