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    Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh

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Dr. Md. Wasiul Islam

Professor

Research Interest:

Participatory forest practices and management, co-management approach, participatory governance, forest policy, nature-based tourism, wildlife conservation and community development.


Education

Ph.D. in Tourism (Tourism Governance in Protected Areas) from School of Business (Tourism Discipline), The University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia.

M.Sc. in Forest and Nature Conservation (Minor in Leisure, Tourism and Environment), Specialization: Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, from Faculty of Environment Science, Wageningen University and Research Center, the Netherlands.

MS in Forestry, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

B.Sc (Hon’s) in Forestry, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

Bio

Prof. Dr. Md. Wasiul Islam is basically a Forester. More specifically he has been trained-up as a conservationist focusing his research interests in protected area management, nature-based tourism, participatory forest management approaches and governance. Before joining as a Lecturer at Khulna University he was an Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) in the Bangladesh Forest Department where he used to conduct various research works on wildlife and tourism. He likes to work as a volunteer for various social and research activities. He is also keen to travel all around the world.

Experiences

Prof. Dr. Md. Wasiul Islam has job experiences of more than 18 years. During this tenure of his active service life he has formulated, supervised and successfully implemented several research and development projects on different aspects of social and environmental sector.

He started his professional carrier as an Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) in the Bangladesh Forest Department under the then Ministry of Environment and Forests where he gathered practical experiences of conducting field research particularly in the Sundarbans mangrove forests. He used to conduct various research on ecotourism/community-based tourism, nature conservation and wildlife. At that tenure of his service he was very lucky to receive several important trainings on ecotourism, community-based tourism and wildlife in both home and abroad. He also worked there as a trainer to train various field staff of the Sundarbans.

Dr. Wasiul left the job of Bangladesh Forest Department as he got another job at the Khulna University as a Lecturer of Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline in 2003. Still he is working there as a Professor.

Dr. Wasiul has completed PhD in School of Business (Tourism Discipline), The University of Queensland, Australia. His did his PhD in the field of Protected Area Management and Governance Systems particularly co-management governance approach. His PhD thesis title was 'Adaptive co-management as an approach to tourism destination governance – a case of protected areas in Bangladesh' (January 2014 to March 2018).

Dr. Wasiul completed two Masters degrees. The first Master of Science was in Forestry from Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh from June 2000 to November 2002. His thesis title was 'Financial and Economic Analysis of Cropland Agroforestry, Homestead Agroforestry and Annual Cropping in Rajshahi district of Bangladesh'. He did his second Master of Science in Forest and Nature Conservation (Minor in Leisure, Tourism and Environment, Specialization: Forest and Nature Conservation Policy) from Forest and Nature Conservation, Faculty of Environment Science, Wageningen University and Research Center, the Netherlands. His conducted two research projects under this Masters. The title of his thesis (major) was 'Co-management Approach and Perceived Ecotourism Impacts at Lawachara National Park in Bangladesh' (36 ECTS), and thesis (minor) was 'Policy Arrangements for Ecotourism: A case study at Lawachara National Park in Bangladesh' (24 ECTS), from September 2007 to August 2009.

Dr. Wasiul completed his B.Sc. (Hon’s) in Forestry from Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna- 9208, Bangladesh from June 1995 to December 1999. His research project title was 'Agroforestry on the Degraded Sal (Shorea robusta) Forest with particular reference to Dinajpur Forest Division'.

Dr. Wasiul has more than 25 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed and reputed journals in home and abroad. He has presented his research findings in various national and international congress, conference, seminars and symposiums took place in both home and abroad. He had also taken different trainings from different professional organizations in home and abroad. He has been funded to attend these events through the Australian Government, ADB, GEF, IUFRO, FAO, IUCN, etc. Besides these research activities, Dr. Wasiul also likes to work as a Trainer to train various stakeholders on several issues of the environment. He also likes to work as a Volunteer to serve his community to make aware the people of the environment.

Prof. Dr. Md. Wasiul Islam has professional membership in different societies such as - University of Queensland Business School, Australia; Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE); Nuffic Alumni, The Netherlands; Khulna University Alumni Association, Bangladesh; Eco-club: International Ecotourism Club; Mountain Forum, Asia Pacific; The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO); Tourism Research Information Network (TriNet); The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC); etc.

Publication

Some selected scientific papers:

Islam, M.W., Ruhanen, L., & Ritchie, B. W. 2018. Tourism governance in protected areas: investigating the application of the adaptive co-management approach. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 26(11): 1890-1908, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2018.1526291

Islam, M.W., Ruhanen, L., and Ritchie, B. W. 2018. Exploring social learning as a contributor to tourism destination governance. Tourism Recreation Research, 43(3): 335-345, DOI:10.1080/02508281.2017.1421294

Islam, M.W., Ruhanen, L., and Ritchie, B. W. 2017. Adaptive co-management: A novel approach to tourism destination governance? Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 37: 97-106, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhtm.2017.10.009

Ruhanen, L. and Islam, M.W. 2017. Country profiles and case studies: Australia (chapter 1). In: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Contribution of Islamic culture and its impact on the Asian tourism market. UNWTO, Madrid, pp. 39-47.

Hosain, M. S. and Islam M.W. 2017. Prospects and retrospects of land use system through Agroforestry practices in Meherpur district, Bangladesh. International Journal of Agricultural Research, Innovation and Technology, 7(2): 1-6.

Islam, M.W., Lisa, R. and Ritchie, B. 2016. Exploring social learning in the protected areas of Bangladesh. Proceedings of the 26th Annual CAUTHE Conference, 9-11 Feb 2016, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 1204-1210.

Haque, M.Z., Reza, M.I.H., Alam, M.M., Ahmed, Z.U., and Islam, M.W. 2016. Discovery of a potential site for community-based sustainable ecotourism in the Sundarbans Reserve Forests, Bangladesh. International Journal of Conservation Science, 7(2): 553-566.

Elands, B., Islam, M.W and van der duim, R. 2015. Ecotourism in Lawachara National Park in Bangladesh Perceptions of Local People and Co-management Officials. South Asian Journal of Tourism and Heritage, 8(1): 5-20.

Islam, M.W. and Lisa, R. Governance for tourism: investigating the application of adaptive co-management – a conceptual paper. Proceedings of the 25th Annual CAUTHE Conference, 2-5 Feb 2015, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, pp. 547-550.

Islam, M.W., Rahmana, M.M. Iftekhar, M.S and Rakkibu, M.G. 2013. Can Community-Based Tourism facilitate conservation of the Sundarbans? Journal of Ecotourism, 12(2): 119-129.

Islam, M.R.; Iftekhar, M.S.; Islam, M.W. 2012. Potential of Ecotourism Development in Bangladesh Coast: An Overview. Tourism Review International, 15(4): 325-336.

Islam, M.W.; Alam, M.M. and Islam, M.M. 2012. Status of nature-based outdoor recreational facilities in Khulna city. Bangladesh Research Publications Journal, 7(2): 80-90.

Islam, M.W., Islam, M.M. and Sadath, M.N. 2012. Contributions of agroforestry practice towards reducing poverty at Keshabpur upazila of Jessore district – A case study. Journal of Environmental Science and Natural Resources, 5(2):267–274.

Islam, M.W. 2010. Community-based Tourism and Ecotourism are Potential Means to Facilitate the Conservation of Natural Resources of the Sundarbans – A Theoretical Perspective. Khulna University Studies, Special issue (SESB 2010): 127-140.

Islam, M.M., Hannan, M.O. and Islam, M.W. 2008. Comparative study on natural durability of mango (Mangifera indica) and raintree (Albizia saman) wood in fungal and field test. Khulna University Studies, 9(2): 191-196.

Islam, M.W., Alam, M.S. and Islam, M.M. 2007. Study of human casualties by Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris L.) in the Sundarbans forest of Bangladesh. Tiger paper, 34(4):11-15.

Islam, M.W., Islam, M.M. and Islam, F. 2007. Present status of peoples’ participation in social forestry program at Sakhipur upazilla of Tangail district, Bangladesh. Khulna University Studies, 8(1): 87-92.

Islam, M. M.; Islam, M. W.; Ashaduzzaman, M.; Kamruzzaman, M. and Dey, B. K. 2006. Study on moisture content, density and shrinkage properties of two low cost timber species of Bangladesh. Journal of Timber Development Association of India, 52(3 & 4): 56-63.

Islam, M.W., Azad, M.S., Hassan, M.A. and Mahfuz, A.A. 2006. A study on date palm (Phoenix sylvestris) based traditional agroforestry practice in Jessore district of Bangladesh. South Asian Journal on Agriculture, 1(1): 28-32.

Islam, M.W. 2006. An overview of women participation in social forestry program in Bangladesh. In: Lidestav, G. and Holmgren, E. (eds.), Proceedings on Symposium on Gender and Forestry and IUFRO 6.08.01 Workshop, Umea, Sweden, 17-21 June 2006, pp. 253-260.

Islam, M.W. 2006. Annual and perennial species preference in different cropping systems in Rajshahi district of Bangladesh. Khulna University Studies, 7(2): 19-26.

Azad, M.S., Matin, M.A., Islam, M.W. and Zedan-Al-Musa. 2006. Effect of pre-sowing treatment on seed germination of lohakath (Xylia kerrii Craib & Hutch.). Khulna University Studies, 7(2): 33-36.

Azad, M.S., Islam, M.W., Matin, M.A. and Bari, M.A. 2006. Effect of pre-sowing treatment on seed germination of Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. South Asian Journal on Agriculture, 1(2): 32-34.

Rakkibu, M.G., Islam, M.W. and Rana, R. 2003. Comparative financial evaluation of homestead agroforestry, cropland agroforestry and Annual Cropping at Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Khulna University Studies, 4(1): 707-711.


Some selected published books:

Islam, M.W. 2012. Perceived Ecotourism Impacts at Lawachara National Park in Bangladesh. Lambert Academic Publishing, p. 184, (ISBN: 978-3-659-31397-4).

Islam, M.W. 2013. Policy Arrangements for Ecotourism: A Case Study at Lawachara National Park in Bangladesh. Lambert Academic Publishing, p. 132, (ISBN: 978-3-659-32254-9).


Some selected conference presentations (oral and poster)/working papers/abstracts:

Islam, M.W., David, M.N.A., Hossain, A. Volunteerism for environmental pollution control in Khulna City Corporation. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Integrated Solid Waste and Faecal Sludge Management in South Asian Countries, 23-24 Feb 2019, Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Khulna, pp. 47-48.

Islam, M.W., Governance in responsible tourism in the hotspots to empower local communities and promote sustainable social and ecological systems. Proceedings of Special conference on “Delta Plan 2100” and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh, 11-12 Jan 2019, jointly organized by Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon and Bangladesh Environment Network held at Krishibid Institute Bangladesh.

Islam, M.W., Lisa, R. and Ritchie, B. Strategies of local people empowerment through adaptive co-management approach. Proceedings of the 28th Annual CAUTHE Conference, 5-8 Feb 2018, Newcastle Business School, The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, pp. 781-786.

Islam, M.W., Lisa, R. and Ritchie, B. Exploring social learning in the protected areas of Bangladesh. Paper presented in 26th Annual CAUTHE Conference held on 9-11 Feb 2016 at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Islam, M. Wildlife conservation through nature-based tourism in protected areas of Bangladesh: a realism or idealism? Paper presented in Science Conference on 14 Jun 2015, Khulna organized by IUCN Bangladesh and Khulna University.

Islam, M. Tourism carrying capacity: theoretical perspectives and it’s reality in the Sundarbans. Paper presented in National Conference on Towards the promotion of ecotourism in the Sundarbans ecosystems, Bangladesh held on 16 May 2015, Khulna organized by Centre for Integrated Studies on the Sundarbans (CISS), Khulna University.

Islam, M.W.  Adaptive co-management and social learning: facilitators of governance for tourism in protected areas – a case study from Bangladesh. Seminar on Tourism 3MT Research Retreat. Business School, The University of Queensland, held on 12 Feb 2015.

Islam, M.W. and Lisa, R. Governance for tourism: investigating the application of adaptive co-management – a conceptual paper. Paper presented in 25th Annual CAUTHE Conference held on 2-5 Feb 2015 at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.

Islam, M.W. Co-management Approach: as an Inspiration to Facilitate Nature-Based Tourism at the Protected Areas of Bangladesh. e-poster presentation under Enhancing Diversity and Quality of Governance (Stream 6) in IUCN World Park Congress held on 12-19 Nov 2014, Sydney Olympic Park.

Islam, M.W. Conservation of the Sundarbans through Ecotourism. Presented in IUCN World Park Congress held on 12-19 Nov 2014, Sydney Olympic Park.

Islam, M.W.  Panellist in a Panel Discussion on ‘Can payments for ecosystem services (PES) make a difference to Protected Area management?’ Presented ‘Conservation of the Sundarbans through Ecotourism’, jointly organized by FAO, IUCN (Commission on Ecosystem Management), ITTO, and the Government of Japan in IUCN World Park Congress held on 12-19 Nov 2014, Sydney Olympic Park.

Islam, M.W.  Panellist in a Panel Discussion on ‘Conflict-sensitive governance for protected areas: building sustainable and equitable peace for human and ecological resilience’ organized by The IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy in collaboration with the Commission on Environmental Law and the IUCN project to build a Natural Resource Governance Framework in IUCN World Park Congress held on 12-19 Nov 2014, Sydney Olympic Park.

Islam, M.W. and Akter, S. Role of Agroforestry in Poverty Alleviation at Ghatail Upazilla of Tangail District, Bangladesh. Presented in World Congress on Agroforestry held on 10-14 Feb 2014, Delhi, India.

Islam, M.W., Sadath, M. 2014. Co-management approach to protect the protected areas: realistic or naive? The International Forestry Review, 16(5): 47. Paper presented in XXIV IUFRO World Congress held on 5-11 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA, organized by IUFRO and U.S. Forest Service.

Islam, M.W., Rupa, M., Sadath, M. 2014. Assessment of tourism impacts towards sustainable co-management approach- a case study at Satchari National Park, Bangladesh. The International Forestry Review, 16(5): 52. Paper presented in XXIV IUFRO World Congress held on 5-11 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA, organized by IUFRO and U.S. Forest Service.

Islam, M.W.; Khatun, T. and Sadath, M. 2014. Performance of joint community patrolling at Lawachara National Park, Bangladesh. The International Forestry Review, 16(5): 77. Poster presented in XXIV IUFRO World Congress held on 5-11 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA, organized by IUFRO and U.S. Forest Service.

Shovon, T.A., Rakkibu, M.G., Rana, R. and Islam, M.W. Local residents’ perceptions on co-management: A case study at Lawachara National Park. Paper presented in First Bangladesh Forestry Congress held on 19-21 Apr 2011, Dhaka.

Islam, M.W., Ahsan, M.M. and Newaz, A.N.M.Y. Status of tourism at five Protected Areas of Bangladesh. Paper presented in First Bangladesh Forestry Congress held on 19-21 April 2011, Dhaka, organized by Bangladesh Forest Department.

Islam, M.W. and Paul, D.M. 2010. Nursery practice: a means of income generation for the rural households of the Jessore sadar upazila under Jessore district of Bangladesh. XXIII IUFRO World Congress, 23-28 August 2010, Seoul, Korea, Jointly organized by IUFRO and Korean Forest Research Organization. International Forestry Review, 12 (5): 414.

Islam, M.W. 2010. Co-management approach and its implications on natural resource management at Lawachara National Park, Bangladesh. XXIII IUFRO World Congress, 23-28 August 2010, Seoul, Korea, Jointly organized by IUFRO and Korean Forest Research Organization. International Forestry Review, 12 (5): 120.

Islam, M.W. Elands, B. and Duim, V. 2010. Perceived sustainability impacts of ecotourism activities through co-management approach at Lawachara National Park in Bangladesh. XXIII IUFRO World Congress, 23-28 Aug 2010, Seoul, Korea, Jointly organized by IUFRO and Korean Forest Research Organization. International Forestry Review, 12 (5): 202.

Islam, M.W. Seeing the Tour Guides beyond Their Job: Potentialities and Expectation from the Tour Guides of Lawachara National Park, Bangladesh. Poster presented in XIII World Forestry Congress held on 18-23 Oct 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jointly organized by FAO and Republic of Argentina.

Islam, M.W., Saha, S.K. Islam, M.M. The role of Karamjal visitor centre in ecotourism development in the Sundarbans Reserved Forests of Bangladesh. Paper presented in a national seminar on “Ecotourism and Sustainable Development” held on March 08-10, 2007 at Xavier Institute of Development Actions and Studies (XIDAS), Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Matin, M.A. and Islam, M.W. 2007. Role of non-timber forest products of the Sundarbans in socio-economic development of the resource users. Annual Botanical Conference 2006, held on 2-3 March 2007, organized by Life Science School, Khulna University and Bangladesh Botanical Society, pp. 30-31.

Islam, M.W., Islam, Baidya, A.K. and Islam, M.M. 2007. Change in composition of homestead agroforestry vegetation due to introducing shrimp culture in south-western part of Khulna district of Bangladesh. Paper presented in 1st Annual Conference on Regional Science, held on March 16-17, 2007 at BUET, organized by BRSA.

Talukder, M. J. H., Islam, M.M. and Islam, M.W. 2007. Contribution of Bamboo-based Industries for Poverty Alleviation: A Case Study in Rajoir Upazila under Madaripur District, Bangladesh. IUFRO 3.08 Small-scale Forestry Conference held on June 13-23, 2007 at The University of Queensland, Australia, organized by IUFRO.

Islam, M.W., Islam, M.Z. and Islam, M.M. 2007. A study on taproot cut seedlings grown in the private nurseries at Phultala upazila of Khulna district of Bangladesh. IUFRO 3.08 Small-scale Forestry Conference held on June 13-23, 2007 at The University of Queensland, Australia, organized by International Union of Forest Research Organization.