BracU student gets $2000 grant from NatGeo society for conservation efforts

  • January 4, 2024

A computer science and engineering student at BRAC University named Hasibul Hasan Ahmed has been given a $2,000 seed grant by the National Geographic Society and The Nature Conservancy for his study internship on “Community and Conservation.” The grant is part of an eight-week virtual learning and leadership program for young people around the world between the ages of 18 and 25. The program’s main goal is to bring international concerns about protecting freshwater to the local level.

Hasibul’s community project, Ecoflow Revive, aims to improve Banani Lake and meet the needs of the people who live in the Korail slum. During his two-month externship, he talked to community members, conservationists, and local officials about problems related to protecting freshwater in Dhaka’s Banani Lake and Korail. Hasibul taught 12 students at BRAC University how to do cause-driven research, which led to the publication of two research papers. Hasibul says that the grant gives their team credibility and will be used to look for more money nationally and abroad for their community development work.

Hasibul has done many great things. He is a co-founder of BRAC University’s Social Impact Lab, a Millennium Fellow for the class of 2022 in the United Nations Academic Impact, and a member of Harvard University’s Aspire Leadership Program. Hasibul is excited about the future because he wants to build a job in climate change and conservation through social entrepreneurship and a circular economy that takes into account both global and national issues to meet future needs.