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 Recording: Part 2

Date:  July 17, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Mohammad Shamsudduha ("Shams")
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Description: Stretched over vast areas in West Bengal, India and Bangladesh, the highly dynamic Bengal Basin is the home to over 230 million people. For centuries, its opulent surface and ground water storages have sustained agricultural livelihoods for bulk of its population.

Its water resources are however vulnerable to ever-increasing human and environmental demand for freshwater and climate change, experiencing widespread flooding during the monsoon season and declining water supplies during the dry months. Ever increasing population and variable climatic conditions will add more stress on its water supplies.

In this webinar, a University College London based hydrogeologist Mohammad Shmasudduha (Shams) will discuss how various climatic, hydrological, and agricultural factors have affected groundwater storage in the Bengal Basin… right from the global up to the basin level. Shams will also briefly discuss the potential adaptation strategies including sustained induced recharge, managed aquifer recharge to vulnerable aquifers and strategic development of ‘deep’ groundwater to minimize negative impacts of both climate and anthropogenic stresses
About the speaker:

Dr. Mohammad Shamsudduha (“Shams”) is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London. Shams has 12 years of experience on academic research assessing groundwater arsenic contamination in Bangladesh, evaluation of groundwater storage and recharge dynamics in alluvial aquifers of the Bengal Basin, development of national-scale groundwater-level database for Bangladesh,  mapping security of deep groundwater in Bangladesh using numerical modelling approach and assessment of basin-scale changes in terrestrial water mass using both ground-based borehole observations, satellite data and land-surface models. Shams is currently involved in a number of research projects including impacts of groundwater arsenic contamination on women’s pregnancy outcomes (UCL Grand Challenges Award), resilience of groundwater in the Bengal Basin in the face of climate change and increased human abstraction (DFID-funded research). Shams’ research has been conducted in collaboration with universities, research institutes, government departments, and non-governmental organisations in Bangladesh and the UK. Besides, Shams has established active collaborations with academics, scientists and practitioners in Australia, Europe, France, India, Vietnam and the USA.

He can be reached by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Related resources: Website: geodesh.weebly.com"...an effort to report and highlight the current and possible future issues around water supply, climate change and environments in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) Delta in Bangladesh and other Asian Mega Deltas." 
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  UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction



June 18, 2014


Dr. G.N.S. Reddy

Description: In India, agriculture is a major contributor to the national GDP and employed by a large part of the population to ensure their livelihoods. Unfortunately, income and productivity are often low for a lot of farmers, causing debts and desperation. Why are monocultures failing small and medium farmers? Dr. Reddy proposes a system for tree-based sustainable farming: “An integrated, low external input sustainable farming model comprising of multiple production systems, including agroforestry, livestock, poultry and horticulture, for small landowners in rainfed areas”. Tree based farming systems play a critical role in moderating the micro climate. The trees can provide insurance against crop failure, biomass and more. In addition a variety of horticulture and grains are grown, with some livestock, that has multiple benefits over monoculture irrigation and high-input agriculture. This mixed farming ensures the resilience and sustainable productivity of the system. For instance, rainwater harvesting in combination with water and soil conservation can play an important role in mixed farming.
About the speaker: Dr. G.N.S. Reddy is a Veterinarian by profession, but also a well known expert long associated with sustainable farming, rainwater harvesting, soil conservation and is currently involved in dairy building using organic milk production. He has spent the last 30 years in villages taking the Ghandian development message into thousands of villages. He has worked as Vice-President of the BAIF, a Ghandian Foundation in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, implementing various rural development projects. He serves on various boards and committees of Government of Karnataka such as Karnataka Agri mission, biofuel board, etc.
Related resources:

Website: www.rain4food.net
Paper: 20 Tree-based farming systems for poverty alleviation in semi-arid tropics-an Indian experience
Paper: Trees outside forests: Contributing towards sustainable development
Project: Wadi-Tree Based Farming System  (agro-horti-forestry) and Improved Agriculture



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