Community members rebuilding embankment

Community action saves crops and lessens dependency on Tanguar Haor resources

Damage of crops due to early flooding is a concern each year for the Tanguar Haor community, who risk losing all their crops (paddy) sometimes just 7-10 days before harvesting.  Almost  12.5 % of Tanguar Haor’s land that dries up in winter is used for rice cultivation; the cultivated land is characterized by high yielding capacity for its fertility. It is estimated that total rice harvested per season is worth a minimum 30 million Taka. Unfortunately though for the past three years, Tanguar Haor farmers have been unable to harvest their crop as their crops have been completely damaged by earlier floods.  This however all changed this year when the community people, empowered to save their land, took action into their own hands. …  

02 May 2012 | Article

Grey Sided Bush Warbler

Conservation activities could prevent migratory birds from vanishing reveal experts

The Pashua- Tanguar Haors of Bangladesh are home to many threatened birds, some globally threatened and thousands of migratory and residential birds.  However the number of migratory birds is drastically declining from the Haor basin of Bangladesh every year revealed Enam Ul Haque, President of Bangladesh Bird Club at a recent round table discussion on Avian Biodiversity Conservation of Pashua-Tanguar Haor. …  

05 Apr 2012 | Article

Experts call for integrated approach to address Trans-boundary Inland Navigation in Bangladesh and India

Experts call for integrated approach to address Trans-boundary Inland Navigation in Bangladesh and India

The issues of trans-boundary inland navigation in Bangladesh and India should be tackled within the framework of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), experts suggested at an international workshop organized by IUCN.  They stressed the urgent need for effective policy implementation through collaborative actions. …  

22 Mar 2012 | Event

Trans-boundary biodiversity, opportunities for collaboration

Trans-boundary biodiversity, opportunities for collaboration

Hilsa fish would benefit from more policy coordination between India and Bangladesh, suggested experts at the International Workshop on Biodiversity organised by IUCN. As a healthy trans-boundary ecosystem provides great value to both countries, a scientific assessment of biodiversity status, threats and needs is essential, they added. …  

21 Mar 2012 | Event

Fish at market in Asia

Changing the water perspective from an Asian angle

IUCN has been making a hard sell to delegates at the World Water Forum in Marseille on the case for investing in natural infrastructure. But what does it mean on the ground? …  

15 Mar 2012 | News story
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Surrounding communities rely on the river for transportation

Water for peace in south Asia

Bangladesh and India have some of the most intricate and complex river systems in the world. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, the three major rivers, along with their tributaries drain an area of about 1.75 million square kilometres supporting a population of 620 million people. …  

14 Mar 2012 | News story

Tanguar Haor community information centre opens to the public

Tanguar Haor community information centre opens

IUCN’s Senior Programme Officer and Tanguar Haor’s Project Manager, Aminur Rahman recently welcomed the local community to the newly opened Tanguar Haor community information centre for the ‘Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor’ Project. …  

11 Mar 2012 | Article

One of the perks of the job!

Navigating the politics of water

“Alternatives, dialogue and innovation can provide most of the answers to today’s water management problems.” …  

01 Mar 2012 | Article


1500 Community members and Government Officials come together to promote commerical fish harvesting in the Tanguar Haor

January 2012: The inaugral ceremony of Commercial Fish Harvesting under the Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor project took place in late January with more than 1500 community people (including 300 women) and government officials in attendance. 

19 Feb 2012 | News story
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IUCN Bangladesh and CEGIS go head to head on the cricket pitch in a friendly T20

All eyes were on the cricketers the grandstands packed as IUCN Bangladesh took to the cricket pitch against CEGIS in a friendly T-20 (20-20) cricket match at Mohammadpur, Dhaka on 7 January 2012. …  

11 Jan 2012 | Article

Deer are common in the Sundarbans.