Background

The Southwest coastal region of Bangladesh is geographically disaster prone comprises of unique sensitive mangrove ecosystem with rich biodiversity. The unsolicited human interventions and adverse impact of climate change kept a negative impact on the environment, ecology and biodiversity in this region and creating vulnerabilities to human lives and livelihoods. People are bound to change profession, basic human rights are violated, especially women and child rights are neglected.

It was in such a situation that in 1999 a group of young energetic and socially committed and enthusiastic are formed ‘AOSED (An Organization for Socio-Economic Development)’ to work together for conserving environment, ecology, biodiversity and addressing challenges of climate change to improve the standard of lives and livelihoods of grassroots people.

Since the beginning of our journey, AOSED is implementing different projects and programmes on safe water, health and hygiene, agriculture, disaster, environment and climate change issues. During this, organization has gained knowledge, experiences and developed expertise on social mobilization, easy communicative educational materials development, capacity and effective linkage building of stakeholders, technology and assets transfer, optimum uses of natural resources and community-base management system, local level adoption strategy, planning and involve with policy advocacy.

Vision: Develop a just, prosperous and environment-friendly Society in which there will be no discrimination on the basis of race, caste, creed, gender or occupation whatsoever.

Mission: Conserve environment, ecology and biodiversity. Ensure people’s rights of access to natural resource towards alleviation of poverty, upholding human rights and democratic governance.

Objectives:
• Conservation of biodiversity and address the challenge of climate change related vulnerabilities to improve people’s livelihood;
• Extension of Eco-friendly and diversified Agriculture to ensure food security;
• Uphold peoples’ rights to common property resources;
• Ensure peoples’ access to safe water and sanitation;
• Environment conservation and environmental education;
• Upholding human rights especially children’s and woman’s rights, and democratic governance;
• Disaster risk reduction and emergency response
• Human Resource development.

Legal status:
1) Registration under the Societies Act XXl of 1860, andMap Working Area for Background page
2) Registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau under the
Article 3(1) of The Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities)
Regulation Ordinance 1979 of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh

Working Area:
Climate vulnerable southwest coastal region of Bangladesh comprising the
Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jessore and Narail Districts