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In December 2010 HSBC and The Daily Star in Bangladesh awarded four champions of green vision amid calls for using Bangladesh's own resources in efforts to tackle the impacts of climate change, including Aneire Khan from Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Environmentalists, ministers, civil society members and business leaders gathered at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital to attend the HSBC-The Daily Star Climate Awards 2010, the first of its kind in the country.

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"We need to do everything in a more responsible way to protect the environment, not just for ourselves but also for the future generations,"

The awards were designed in four categories: climate change adaptation, mitigation, research and knowledge management, and green business entrepreneurship.

One individual and three institutions were awarded for their distinguished efforts in combating the global threat.

Aneire Ehmar Khan, a researcher from Imperial College, UK, was awarded in the climate change research and knowledge management category for her research on links between salinity in coastal areas and health, especially of women.

The Satkhira district administration won the award in Climate Change Adaptation category for excavating the Morrichap river, which had been dead for the last 15 years and responsible for massive waterlogging in three upazilas of the district. Deputy Commissioner Md Abdus Samad had single-handedly led the efforts to excavate the river.

Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC) Ltd won the award in climate change mitigation category for financing the country's first green brick project. It helped introduce a technology that uses 50 percent less energy in making bricks. IDFC Chairman M Matiul Islam received the award on behalf of the company.

Viyellatex Group, a leading apparel company, won the Green Business Entrepreneurship Award for adopting green and energy-saving technology in manufacturing garments. KM Rezaul Hasanat, chairman and chief executive officer of the company, received the award on the company's behalf.

Source : imperial.ac.uk

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