About BWDB – Bangladesh Water Development Board


After recurrence devastating flood of 1954 and 1955 ‘Crug Mission’ was formed in 1957 under United Nations (UN) to boost up food productivity by minimizing flood damage and water resources development and management in this region. As per mission’s recommendations, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) started its operation in 1959 as the water wing of the erstwhile ‘East Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority’ in 1959. As the principal agency of the government for managing water resources of the country it was given the responsibility of accomplishing the tasks of executing flood control, drainage and irrigation projects to increase productivity in agriculture and fisheries.


After the independence of Bangladesh, the authority was restructured in 1972 into two different organizations to deal with water and power separately. BWDB was created under the Bangladesh Water and Power Development Boards Order 1972 (P.O. No. 59 of 1972) as a fully autonomous organization. The reform program and structural adjustment process were undertaken by the GoB for transformation of BWDB is the enactment of the BWDB Act, 2000 that requires the BWDB’s functions be guided by the National Water Policy (NWPo)-1999 and National water Management Plan (NWMP)-2004. Policy making and overseeing the overall management of BWDB is now vested on the Governing Council (GC) with thirteen Members headed by the Minister, Ministry of water Resources.


Functions of Water Development Board:


  • Top management of BWDB in fulfillment of the mandate set down in Bangladesh Water Development Board Act and other applicable Laws, Regulations and Policies of the Government.
  • Overall charge of BWDB and all its offices for efficient functioning of the Body.
  • Carrying out responsibility as the Head of BWDB and taking decisions on all essential matters related to its operation.



  • Management of matters relating to human resources recruitment, development, assignment and control for conduct of BWDB’s business.
  • Management of matters relating to the acquisition of movable and immovable property for conduct of BWDB’s business


  • Providing inputs and technical reviews for the preparation of National Level Perspective and the Five Year Development Plans.
  • Micro planning for water resources development consistent with the National Water Policy and within context of the National Water Management Plan (NWMP).
  • Hydrological studies, data collection, management and research.
  • Undertaking activities for formulation and preparation of planning documentation for BWDB projects.
  • Maintaining updated management information related to planning of water sector development.
  • Supporting WARPO and other water sector agencies in the development of efficient water resources management and utilization of plans and updating various Guidelines on water management.



  • Management of matters relating to human resources recruitment, development, assignment and control for conduct of BWDB’s business.
  • Management of matters relating to the acquisition of movable and immovable property for conduct of BWDB’s business


  • Management of all financial matters of BWDB including budgeting and disbursement of funds.
  • Administration of financial rules and procedures of BWDB including maintenance of financial discipline and account and audit requirements.



  • Preparing and updating of inventory of completed projects containing all basic project information.
  • Operation and maintenance of completed projects over 5000ha as outlined in the NWPO.
  • Providing management guidelines and necessary assistance to local and community organizations and the local governments for O & M of schemes with command area below 5000 h.
  • Rehabilitation of projects under GOB funding and as directed by the Board from time to time.
  • Transfer of rehabilitated/operating projects of 1000ha or below to the local governments.
  • Water management activities as indicated in the NWPO.
  • All activities under the Food for Works (FFW) programme.
  • Cost recovery, command area development and matters related to participatory water management.
  • Preventive work to forestall damage to water infrastructures due to natural disasters, damage assessment and emergency repairs following natural disasters.


Source: BWDB. For further details please visit.

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Water Resources and Planning Organization – WARPO

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Little about Bangladesh Forest research Institute – BFRI

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute – FRI

BARI – Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute

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International Rice Research Institute – IRRI and Bangladesh

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