A new trust, the Bangladesh UK Environmental Foundation (BUEF), was launched in Cardiff on Monday 20th April.
BUEF believes it will be the only UK charitable trust specifically focused on environmental issues in Bangladesh, and aims to raise funds to support relevant projects and activities for public benefit. BUEF has lodged an application to the Charity Commission to be registered as a UK charity.
The event was hosted by Mr Michael Sippitt, Chairman of The Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform, and Councillor Ali Ahmed, at The Juboraj restaurant in Rhiwbina, Cardiff. They were very pleased to be joined by some of the Foundation’s trustees, including Mike Hogg, former Managing Director of DONG Energy, and Ana Miah, Chief Executive of the Juboraj Group.
A key objective of the trust is to help identify and make better known the environmental challenges of Bangladesh to support focused, sustainable development for the benefit of the people of Bangladesh, especially in areas of economic disadvantage.
The CEIP is delighted to be working with the new trust, helping to link relevant technical experts and suitable technologies with local needs and opportunities, supporting the foundation to identify best use of available resources.
BUEF’s initial focus will be on local projects to deliver early impact, for example, solar energy for schools, and village based clean water access and sanitation.
BUEF will also work with other charitable organisations interested to work in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a significant focus for funding by major donors in view of its very challenging environmental and economic issues.
Mr Sippitt said “I am delighted to join with Ali Ahmed and the other trustees of BUEF to focus on practical ways to help improve the environment and sustainable development in Bangladesh.”
The work with the Commonwealth through the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (‘the CEIP’) (www.theceip.com) is steadily growing, as we now have over half the 53 Commonwealth nations within scope of our 14 hubs around the world. The Platform is designed to help sustainable development in the Commonwealth through establishing connections for trade and investment with particular focus on innovation, sustainable technologies and helping build social and economic resilience to deal with the serious challenges facing many countries this century. The CEIP is delighted to be working so closely with such a proactive community as the Bangladesh community of South Wales.