The Annual General Meeting of Campaign for Sustainable Rural livelihoods (CSRL) was held on 30 March 2014 at CBCB, Asad Gate, Mohammadpur, Dhaka. A total of 209 members of CSRL attended the daylong event. The formal meeting started with a joint action by singing national anthem.
Dr. CS Karim, Convenor of CSRL gave the welcome speech and Monisha Biswas, Member Secretary of CSRL & Manager, Policy & Advocacy Department of Oxfam explained the objective of the AGM. CSRL focus on Agriculture, Climate Change and Trade Policies and Practices and CSRL and GROW solidarity launching held in September 2011. The AGM was also attended by the Steering Committee members: Shirin Akhter, MP, Dr. Ahsan Uddin, Abu M Musa, Rina Roy, A M Badrul Hasan. Snehal V. Soneji, Country Director, Oxfam gave the speech in the opening session. M. B. Akhter, Program Manager of Oxfam presented the AGM as a panel discussant.
Beel Campaign Group lead USS made a Fisher folk gathering on 4 March 2014 at Jessore to allocate a separate budget for fishermen. The moderator of the program was Khondoker Azizul Hoque Moni ED-USS. A fisherman of Monirampur Upazilla named Kartik Chandra read out the demand in front of the audience.
The charter of demand was handed over to Chief Guest Honourable Mr. Narayan Chandra Chanda; State Minister: Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock by Mr. Mostafizur Rahman; DC-Jessore.
CSRL Hill Campaign lead organize ALO organized a workshop on the REDD+ in Khagrachori on 10 February. Forty five community members including village headmen, journalist, students, environmental activities and staffs of Forest Department participated the event. Many of the village headmen in Chittagong Hill Tracts are female now. Professor Dr. Mohammed Jashimuddin, Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Chittagong was the lead facilitator. Participants are very much willing to conserve the village common forest which is locally called ParaBon with the REDD+ benefit. Professor Jashimuddin identified the co-benefit of forest protection from conversion and grabbing from the REDD+ implementation.