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Shahriar Caesar Rahman

Winner of the Whitley Award 2018 Shahriar Caesar Rahman: Tortoises in trouble: community conservation of Asia’s largest tortoise, Bangladesh. Shahriar Caesar Rahman has completed his B.Sc. in Environmental Science from School of Environmental Science and Management at Independent University, Banladesh. Shahriar Caesar Rahman's speech at the Whitley Awards 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1OAUnkB0NY

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Shahnoor Hasan

Shahnoor Hasan is a PhD fellow at Water Governance Chair group in UNESCO-IHE Institute of Water Education. She is
affiliated with the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies of the University of Amsterdam as well under a joint doctorate program. Her research explores the role of participatory planning tools in the delta planning process. An increasing number of tools are used for creation of consent among participants of delta planning processes on specific planning outputs. During the design and development, setting up expectations, and appraising roles of these tools, the context of use is not always considered. Technological components, planning culture and trends, users and their approach, power play and/or conflicts between participants influence tools’ use, roles and planning outcomes. The research uses actor network theory to explore what roles participatory planning tools do play depending on specific contexts, be it design and development, expectation or use. The research is funded by the NWO (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) UDW (Urbanizing Deltas of the World) project on strengthening strategic delta planning processes in Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Vietnam and beyond. Prior to pursuing her PhD research, Shahnoor has been worked as a Senior Lecturer and Research Associate at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. She started her career at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) as a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science in 2010. Her research work focused on urban rainwater harvesting, and assessment of persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals in water and food chain. With support from a colleague, she also initiated the sustainable campus development program in Bangladesh. Shahnoor graduated magna cum laude in Environment Management from IUB in 2009, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from North South University.

Shahriar Caesar Rahman

is the winner of Future for Nature Award 2017. Shahriar Caesar Rahman works in the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, which is part of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot. In this hostile environment, entrenched in complex insurgent issues, he has conducted biodiversity surveys in the area which resulted in the most comprehensive wildlife survey done in the region. He documented 26 globally-threatened species persisting in the Sangu Reserve Forest. Shahriar also discovered the critically endangered Arakan forest turtle and keeled box turtle for the first time in Bangladesh, as well as rediscovered populations of the largest tortoise in Asia: the Asian giant tortoise, which was thought to be extirpated from Bangladesh. In 2015, he initiated the Schools for Conservation programme, which established four primary schools in the remotest villages of the Sangu Reserve Forest. In exchange for these primary schools, the villagers agreed to cease hunting the Asian giant tortoise and fourteen other highly threatened wildlife species. The survey data show a reduction of turtle hunting by 80%. While the hunting mitigation programme has proven to be successful, it is not enough to ensure the long-term survival of this species and its habitat.