2 Bangladesh scientists win ICT for Mountain Development Award

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 23 Dec 2015, 19:35:15

2 Bangladesh scientists win ICT for Mountain Development Award

Two Bangladeshi, on Wednesday, scientists have been awarded the ICT for Mountain Development Award 2015 for inventing their unique technologies to protect lives from natural disasters.

Bayes Ahmed from Buet-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety won the award in recognition of introducing early warning system for the communities living with landslide risks in Chittagong Metropolitan area while hydrological modeler at Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) Raihanul Haque Khan for developing mobile services for early flood warning.

Two other scientists - Pranab Patar from Earthwatch Institute India and Saurav Dhakal of Nepal also own the ICT for Mountain Development Award this year for their outstanding contributions for safeguarding mountain environment, according an ICIMOD media release.  

The awards were open to individuals or organisations that are making innovative use of ICT to promote mountain development in the HKH region. 

A total of 18 submissions were received, mainly from countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) region, under five categories: ecosystem services, livelihood, water, geospatial solutions, and ‘others’. The submissions were made by individuals and organisations, including universities, government- and donor funded projects, private sector and INGOs.

Four submissions were selected based on the criteria outlined during the call – the quality of content and creativity, innovative use of ICT, clear focus on use in the HKH region for mountain development, and impact on the ground. The winners each received US$250 along with a certificate of recognition, according to UNB. - Idrak

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