Unlike MDGs, achieved SDGs must be visible and measurable. Without comprehensive understanding, close observation and practical experience of an existing sustainable development entity, only unseen theoretical learning is of no practical use in achieving SDGs. Thus, action research oriented Model Projects demonstrating the processes and practices of sustainable development are fundamental for achieving SDGs in visible and measurable forms.
SDGs are the essential parts of holistic Sustainable Development. In other words, the 17 SDGs are the parts of a sustainable development entity comprising of social, economic and ecological goals including normalizing climate change which are to be achieved in visible and measurable forms so that its replication in other places is possible.
Achieving SDGsin visible, measurable and replicable forms
requires action research (research for higher degrees), in situ training programs to the government officers and local stakeholders, and demonstration of action research processes and outcomes.
In order to demonstrate the processes of achieving all the 17 SDGs in one particular project area, a suitable site is required comprising of village households, 3 to 4 Maujas with high, medium high, medium low and wet land (Beel/Haor) landscape where affordable multi-storied housing, sustainable agriculture comprising of various seasonal crops, vegetables, fruits, fishery management and SDGs centric tourism can be demonstrated.
We call such a project as one-stop SDGs Demo Model Project (DMP) – a direct and effective means for addressing SDGs across Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has got 5 distinct topographies (Barind 8%, Hill Tracts 12%, Floodplain 50%, Coastal 25%, and Char land 5%) and the topographies largely vary from one another. Thus, SDGs Demo Model Projects need to be topography specific.