Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO)


ESDO is a membership based action research organization consisting of 42 members in general council. General council has the authority to elect executive committee for 2 years and the executive committee is responsible for organizing policy formulation, regulate operational management of the organization. The executive committee appoints operational team.

Advisory council

Executive Committee

Operational Team

Project Implementation Team

Environment and Social Development Organization- ESDO is a Bangladeshi organization working to spread the message about the need for environmental conservation – to ensure the protection of biological diversity and ecological balance. Since the official formation of ESDO in 1990, we have focused on generating knowledge amongst the wider community about how human activity can negatively impact on the environment of Bangladesh. As a service oriented non-profit, non-government organization, ESDO strives to improve the livelihoods, the socio-economic status and simultaneously the environmental education of some of the most vulnerable communities in Bangladesh. ESDO invests in the people to care for the environment through providing essential inputs and capacity building. Environmental and Social Development Organization want to ensure self-reliant rural communities who live in harmony with their environment.

The mission of ESDO is to promote and encourage an environmental movement through a participatory democratic framework involving diverse social groups, and to assist them with ideas, information, and leadership for promoting a safe and sustainable environment.

The vision of ESDO is to see Bangladesh achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and in contributing to this works to: Protect the environment; Reduce poverty; Increase literacy rates and education; Empower women in rural communities, and Improve sanitation and health services.

ESDO is successfully running community mobilizing and awareness-raising campaigns. We initiated the “Anti-polythene/plastic Campaign” in 1990, which resulted in a complete ban of polythene shopping bags throughout Bangladesh. This campaign has been replicated around the globe- in India, Japan, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Nigeria, Egypt, USA and Australia.

ESDO is working to raise awareness among mass people about the adverse effects of dental amalgam on human health and environment as well. It was successful to compel the Government of Bangladesh to ratify the Minamata Convention. ESDO promote environmental education and mass awareness about the harmful effects of mercury containing dental amalgam and lead in paints. ESDO is implementing a campaign in a village of Narayanganj – Munshiganj to address current lifestyle practices to ensure sustainability, self-reliance, and conservation. In this area, ESDO has popularized the sustainable management of natural resources, and helped to raise awareness of conservation of biodiversity amongst the villagers. The initiative has made individuals and communities more aware about the need to protect the environment to combat health problems, food shortages, and dependency. ESDO has run community forestry programs where we not only helped the community tree plantations, but ensured that knowledge relating to the need for land rehabilitation, including the use of particular plant species, was shared. ESDO is also working to involve youth in environmental movement by ensuring environmental education through different organizational framework.

Training and Capacity Building is one of the ESDO’s main activities and a major source of income. Every year the organization provides training and capacity building programs for NGO staff and government representatives on various issues, particularly related to environmental management and advocacy. Secretary General of ESDO Dr.HossainShahriar is the Official Country Representative of Advocacy Institute (AI), Washington D. C. USA.

ESDO also has experience working in Cox’s Bazaar and Teknaf. Our project conducted in the area from 1999 to 2000 was primarily an awareness-raising campaign on the importance of seabeach protection and marine life conservation. Approximately 1,500 people were directly involved, but it is estimated that 7,500 individuals benefited indirectly. The project was geared towards students of schools and colleges.

ESDO has initiated community based sustainable eco-tourism in the northern part of Bangladesh. Already experienced with foreign guest through the village community at Hatiandha village in Natore District introduced home stay program.