Bangladesh: Revision and Alignment of National Action Program (NAP) with UNCCD 10-years Strategic Plan and Framework

Curriculum Vitae


1. Name:                                             MD. SOHRAB ALI

2. Date of birth:                                 1st November 1966

3. Nationality:                                    Bangladeshi

4. Present address:   


Department of Environment

E-16, Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar

Dhaka – 1207

Tel. 8802-8181777 (office)


Fax.:88-02-8181772 or



5.  Academic Background:            


i) Kyoto University, Japan                 

-Doctor of Agricultural Science

(2000 – 2005)                                        

Major: Plant morphogenesis


Key features include:


  • Leaf morphogenesis and anisophyllous leaf development.
  • Plant response to habitat light environment.
  • Ecological significance of diversity of leaf forms.


ii) Bangladesh Agricultural University -Master of Science (Ag.) in Soil Science


Major subjects: Soil Survey & Classification, Soil chemistry, Soil Microbiology, Soil Physics & Mineralogy


iii) Bangladesh Agricultural University -Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons.)

(1985 – 1988)                            

Major subjects: Agronomy, Soil Science, Horticulture, Crop Botany, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Entomology, Plant Pathology


iv) Rajshahi College                            -Higher Secondary Certificate (Science)

            (1983 – 1984)                            

Major subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Biology


v) Rohanpur A B High School           -Secondary School Certificate (Science)

            (1981 –1982)                             

Major subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Biology



 6. Current employer:                       Department of Environment (DoE)

Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)

                                                            Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh


6.1 From July 1996 to March 2005: Designation: Assistant Director (Technical)

Department of Environment (DoE), HQ


6.2 From April 2005 to Dec. 2005:   Designation: Deputy Director (In Charge) &

Head of Rajshahi Divisional Office, DoE


6.3 From Jan. 2006 to Feb. 2007:      Designation: Assistant Director (Technical), DoE, HQ


6.4 From Feb. 2007 to April 2008:    Designation: Deputy Director (Technical), DoE, HQ


6.5 From May 2008 to Jan. 2009:     Designation: Deputy Director (Enforcement)

Dhaka Divisional Office, DoE


6.6 From Feb. 2009 to Dec. 2011:     Designation: Deputy Director (NRM), DoE, HQ


6.7 From Jan.   2011 to May 2016:   Designation: Deputy Director (Water & Bio.), DoE, HQ

6.8 From May 2016   to 07 June 2016: Designation: Director (Lab), Chittagong, DoE

6.9 From 8 June 2016 to date:               Designation: Director (IT), DoE, HQ



7. Expert works:

7.1  Working on United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) as an expert member of MEA Cell (Multilateral Environment Agreement Cell) in the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The MEA Cell also deals with other conventions and protocols.

7.2  Working as a member of technical committees in different government organizations e.g. Ministry of Industries, Bangladesh Standard Testing Institute, Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) Committee (DoE, HQ), Steering committee, Environmental Sustainable Water Supply Project, Technical Committee, Bangladesh Water Act 2013.

7.3  Conservation of natural resources through industrial pollution control by enforcing Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act 1995 (amendment 2010) and Environment Conservation Rules 1997.

7.4  Serving as Member secretary of the Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) Management Cell.

7.5  Serving as National Science and Technology Correspondent (STC) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

7.6  Work as Country Reporting Officer for UNCCD 6th National Report, Bangladesh

7.7   Member – Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of RAMSAR Convention for 2016 - 2018


8. Policy/Rules/Guidelines formulation/review works:


8.1  Development of policy guideline for inclusion of biodiversity issues into the EIA process.

8.2  Development of post release monitoring protocol for Transgenic crops.

8.3  Formulation of Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) checklist for industries/projects.

8.4  Formulation of Environmental Management Plan (EMP) checklist for industries/projects.

8.5  Formulation of Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) checklist for building construction.

8.6  Review of The Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act, 1995 for amendment.

8.7  Development of Brick Kiln Policy 2008.

8.8  Development of Guidelines for issuance of Environmental Clearance Certificate to Environmental Laboratory 2012.

8.9  Development of National Environment Policy 2015 (draft).

8.10 Standards and Guidelines for Sludge Management 2015.


9. Computer Skills: MS Office, SPSS, Y-Plant


10. Research Activities:

10.1 Determination of effect of Bo, Cu and Mo on grain setting of Wheat. Main objective was soil management followed by soil quality assessment. (Jan. – Dec. 1993)


10.2 Deputed to Kyoto University (Oct. 2000 – March 2005) for PhD

    • Research on Eco-development of forest understorey species (Acucuba japonica Thunb.)
    • Associated with group research on plant growth dynamics in the experimental forest of Kyoto University.
    • Participated in research work on impact of forest animals on plant biodiversity and productivity.
    • Involved in works on forest insect ecology.


10.3    Focal Point of the study of impacts of atmospheric Ozone on crops under Male'   Declaration.


10.4  Postdoctoral research at Ishikawa Prefectural University, Japan (May-August, 2010) on-

  • Distribution of Aucuba japonica in two contrasting geobotanical regions of Japan: An analysis of mode of adaptation.


11. Project Implementation:

11.1 UNCCD 4th Reporting and Review Cycle, Bangladesh.

11.2 “Improving Water Testing Services” a South Asia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF)-DoE joint project.

11.3 Research coordination of the following projects of DoE:

  • Study the impacts of Cyclone Aila and Sidr on biophysical environment in the coastal areas of Bangladesh
  • Study on E-wastes: Identification of threats and mitigation options
  • Study on Food contaminants and health hazards


11.4 DoE Focal Person of the research project “Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)” coordinated by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) (on going)

11.5 Project Director of Bangladesh: Revision and Alignment of National Action Program (NAP) with UNCCD 10-Year Strategic Plan and Framework project.

11.6 DoE Focal Person of the project “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards (PSES), Phase-I” implemented by GIZ Bangladesh

11.7 National Project Coordinator (NPC) of the project “Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling up of Sustainable Land Management” – an umbrella project comprising 15 countries coordinated by FAO (ongoing).

11.8 DoE Focal Person of the project “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards (PSES), Phase-II” implementing by GIZ Bangladesh (ongoing)


12. Teaching Activities:  

12.1  Worked as teaching assistant in Kyoto University (March 2002 – March 2005).

12.2    Industrial pollution, land degradation and international conventions. Department of Geography and Environment, Dhaka University (occasional).

12.3    Agricultural pollution and its impact on riverine ecosystems. Institute of Water and Flood   Management (IWFM), BUET (occasional).

12.4 Forest Ecology. Ishikawa Prefectural University, Japan (May – August 2010).

12.5     Member of “Resource Person Pool” formed by the People’s Republic of Bangladesh ADB funded projects in Bangladesh.




13. Major publications (research):

13.1 Ali, M. S. (1995). Effects of different rates and methods of boron application on wheat. (Masters thesis)    

13.2   Ali, M. S. and Kikuzawa, K. (2005). Anisophylly in Aucuba japonica Thunb. (Cornaceae): An outcome of  spatial crowding in the bud. Can. J. Bot. 83:143-154

13.3   Ali, M. S. and Kikuzawa, K (2005). Plasticity in leaf area density within the crown of Aucuba japonica growing under different light levels. J. P. Res. 118: 307 - 318

13.4   Ali, M. S. and Kikuzawa, K (2005). Shoot morphology of Aucuba japonica incurred by anisophylly: Ecological implications. J. P. Res. 118: 329 – 338

13.5 Ali, M. S. and Kikuzawa, K (2012). Responses of different phytoelements to habitat light level and their dynamic convergence towards crown development of Aucuba japonica Thunb. J. Ecol. Field Biol. 35(3):177-188

13.6 Ali, M. S. and Kikuzawa, K (2013). Distribution of Aucuba japonica in two contrasting geobotanical regions of Japan: An analysis of adaptation mode. J. Ecol. Environ. 36(3):173-181


14. Other publications:

14.1  Role of EIA in economic development: Bangladesh context, The Independent, 05.06.1998

14.2  Post Flood Impact on Social Security, Observer Magazine, 01.08.1999

14.3  Sustainable Development (Souvenir: World Environment Day 1999, DoE)

14.4  In the light of Community Ecology (Souvenir: World Environment Day 2006, DoE)

14.5  Desertification: Slow onset of an Irreversible Disaster, The Daily Star, 01.19.2007

14.6  Gulshan Lake: An Ecologically Critical Area, The Daily Star, 19.10.2007

14.7  Tropospheric Ozone vs. Food Security: Bangladesh Context (Souvenir: World Environment Day, 2008)

14.8Regional Water Conservation Essential for Sustainable Production of Ecosystem (Souvenir: World  Environment Day 2011, DoE)

14.9TSUKUBA DECLARATION: RELEVANCE TO BANGLADESH (Souvenir: World Environment Day 2012, DoE)

14.10                      River Water Quality Reports (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

14.11                      United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD): History and Bangladesh Context (Souvenir: World Environment Day 2015, DoE)

14.12                      Edited Book, Bangladesh: Combating Land Degradation and Drought, Series-1, Published in 2015

14.13                      Edited Book, Bangladesh: Combating Land Degradation and Drought, Series-2, Published in 2015

14.14                      Edited Book, Bangladesh National Action Program (NAP) for Combating Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought 2015-2024, Published in 2015


15. Professional Membership:

15.1 Life Member, JICA Alumni Association, Dhaka, Bangladesh

15.2 Member, Krishibid (Agriculturist) Institution, Farmgate, Dhaka, Bangladesh

15.3 Member, Executive Committee, Environment and Population Research Center (EPRC), Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh


16. Training courses/workshops/Seminars/Conference attended are follows:


16.1 Local


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Name of the course





6 Oct. – 11 Nov. 1996

EGIS, Dhaka Bangladesh


Training course on Procurement of Goods Works and Services under Project Aid

15-22 Sept. 1997

APD & IMED, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Project Formulation and Processing in the prescribed Pro forma

16  - 27 Aug., 1998

Academy for Planning and Development, Dhaka


Training course on EIA in Power sector

10-17 April, 1999

National EIA Association of Bangladesh (NEAB), Dhaka Bangladesh


Training course on EIA in Oil and Gas sector

08 – 15 May, 1999

National EIA Association of Bangladesh (NEAB), Dhaka


Training course on Water supply Eng., Waste Water Treatment and Solid Waste Management

10-18 May, 1999

BCL Center for Training and Research, Dhaka Bangladesh


Training Programme on Environment and Environmental Law

30 Jan. – 3 Feb., 2000

BELA, Dhaka Bangladesh


Training course on the logical framework approach (LFA) for project planning

23 – 27 April, 2000

MOEF, Dhaka Bangladesh


Training workshop on “Impact of air pollution on crops” under Male¢ Declaration

15-16 Aug. 2007

DoE, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Design Review and Assessment of Effluent Treatment Scheme

28-30 Oct. 2007

DoE, Dhaka Bangladesh


ToT Course on IWRM

09-14 Dec. 2007

CEGIS, Dhaka Bangladesh


Introduction to GIS and GPS and their Application in Environmental Management

26-29 Jan. 2008

DoE, Dhaka Bangladesh


EIA Review Procedure

10-14 Feb. 2008

DoE, Dhaka Bangladesh


2nd National workshop on impact of air pollution under Male’ Declaration, LGED Bhaban, Dhaka

24 Nov. 2008

DoE, Dhaka Bangladesh


Inception Workshop on Formulation of National Strategy on 3R

24 Dec. 2008

DoE, Dhaka Bangladesh


ToT Course on “IWRM Practice in Bangladesh: Case Study of IPSWAM”

17-22 Jan. 2009

CEGIS, Dhaka



Workshop on Biosafety Clearing House

31 Jan. 2009

DoE, Dhaka Bangladesh


Training on Industrial Wastewater Treatment: Recycle and Reuse

16-20 June 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh


Third Regional Training Workshop on the Land Degradation Assessment and Monitoring for Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia

14-18 July 2013

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh


Training Programme on Decentralized Wastewater Management System

07 – 09 October 2013

CSE-WaterAid, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Training on Enhanced Factory Environmental Inspection

25-27 October 2016

GIZ and DoE, Dhaka


Workshop on Innovation in Public Service

02-03 November 2016

Cabinet Division, a2i Programme, PMO and MoEF, Dhaka


16.2 Foreign


Sl. No.

Name of the course




 Training course on Industrial Pollution Control Engineering

9 June – 8 Oct. 1999

JICA, Japan


Capacity Building for Biodiversity and impact Assessment (CBBIA)

16- 19 Feb. 2006

Islamabad, Pakistan


Strategic and Scientific Aspects of Post Release Monitoring of Transgenic Crops

04-05 Nov. 2006

New Delhi, India


4th Dialogue on the Environmental Education as a Measure Against the Global Warming

25-27 June, 2007

Kitakyushu, Japan


Regional workshop on “Impact of air pollution on crops” under Male¢ Declaration

11-13 Mar. 2008

Bangkok, Thailand


South Asia Coral Reef Task Force (SACRTF) 2nd Meeting

31 August, 2008

Male¢, Maldives


Workshop on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Indian Market Conclave

01-03 Sept. 2009

New Delhi, India


Clean Development Mechanism Training Workshop of South & Southeast Asian Countries

30 Nov. –06 Dec. 2009

Beijing, China


UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP 10)

10-21 Oct. 2011

Changwon, S. Korea


Climate Smart Agriculture

April 2012

Bankok, Thailand


GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop

5-6 November 2012

New Delhi, India


GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop

19-21 March 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia


UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference

09-12 April 2013

Bonn, Germany


Study tour on Sludge Management

19-23 May 2013

Hoangju, China


Training on Industrial Wastewater Treatment: Recycle and Reuse

16-20 June 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh


The 8th Policy Consultation Forum of the Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

03-05 July 2013

Gyeongju, S. Korea


UNCCD Committee on Science and Technology (COP 11)

16-20 September 2013

Windhok, Namibia


Technical Workshop on Strategic Planning, Identification of Regional & Implementation of projects for GEF/LDCF/SCCF Financing

3-4 December 2013

Bankok, Thailand


Launch Workshop of the Global GEF/FAO project on Decision Support for Scaling up and Mainstreaming of Sustainable Land Management (DS-SLM)

8-11 September 2015

FAO HQ, Rome, Italy


|GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Asia and East Asia constituencies

29 March – 01 April 2016

Bankok, Thailand


Regional Meeting preparatory to CRIC 15 for country Parties of Annex II

07-08 September 2016

Seoul, S. Korea


15th Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 15) to UNCCD

18-20 October 2016

Nairobi, Kenya


13th Session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNCCD

6-16 September 2017

Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China


Inter-regional thematic and network meetings for National Ozone Officers

15-19 January 2018



Global meeting of the Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling up of  Sustainable Land Management (DS-SLM) Project

24 - 27 April 2018

FAO, Italy



17. Referees:

17.1 Md. Raisul Alam Mondal

Director General

Department of Environment, E-16, Agargaon, Dhaka-1207

Tel. 8802-8181800


17.2Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Ph D

Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Ishikawa Prefectural University, Suematsu, Nonoichicho, Ishikawa 921-8836, Japan


Ex- President, Ecological Society of Japan and East Asian Ecological Society

Tel. 81-76-2277478

Fax.: 81-76-2277410

        (He was my Ph D supervisor)

17.3M A Karim, Ph D

Professor, Department of Agronomy

Bongobandhu Sheikh Mujib Agricultural University, Salna, Gazipur