The Buriganga River is a tidal influenced river forming the western and southern boundaries of Dhaka City, the economic and political capital of Bangladesh. Originating from the Dhaleshwari River through the Karanatali tributary, the Buriganga’s average width and depth are 400 meter and 10 meter respectively. Over the past several years, the river’s length has diminished from 27 kilometer to 18 kilometer due to siltation and encroachment.
Sharif Jamil started his activism to protect the rivers and water bodies in Bangladesh in 2000. His involvement with Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon initially gave him a platform to organize social movements to protect the rivers and wetlands of Bangladesh. He has been actively involved with the Save Buriganga Movement, the pioneer civil society organization in Bangladesh to protect rivers since its inception. He was one of the core organizers of the International Conference on Regional Cooperation on Transboundary Rivers in 2004, and National Convention on Rivers in 2006.