Joint Secretaries for Fisheries of India & Bangladesh meet in Kolkata to discuss sustainable management of the Hilsa

Joint Secretaries for Fisheries of India & Bangladesh meet in Kolkata to discuss sustainable management of the Hilsa

Kolkata, India, 26 July 2012 (IUCN): Ecosystems for Life, an initiative of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) undertook joint research and trans-boundary dialogue on sustainable management and conservation of the Hilsa through a policy dialogue in Kolkata on 24 July. …  

07 Aug 2012 | Article

Brainstorming session with students

Disaster Risk Reduction through school education: IUCN and GIZ work together to assist disaster prone communities in Southern Bangladesh

Bangladesh has a long history of natural disasters. Between 1980 and 2008, it experienced 219 natural disasters, causing more than USD $16 billion in damage and an estimated 200,000 deaths (UNDP, 2012). Bangladesh remains a country most vulnerable to natural disasters. UNDP reports that 30% of Bangladesh’s land and 26% of its population is exposed to three or more kinds of hazards.  Schools play an important role in disaster risk reduction. Schools educate the community and often provide shelter during a disaster. In July, staff members of IUCN Bangladesh travelled to remote, disaster prone communities in southern Bangladesh to discuss disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation with school students, teachers, local education officers and district officials.  To experience first-hand how resilient the people of Bangladesh are despite the onslaught of natural disasters was a humbling and rewarding experience for all involved. …  

01 Aug 2012 | News story

Participants at the Trans-boundary Policy Dialogue on Hilsa

IUCN Trans-boundary Policy Dialogue Recommends Joint Action by Bangladesh and India for Sustainable Hilsa Fisheries Management

Kolkata, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 (IUCN): After a day of inspiring and engaging discussions, the International Trans-boundary Policy Dialogue on Hilsa Fisheries Management between Bangladesh and India successfully concluded an elaborate set of policy recommendations to conserve the Hilsa fisheries. There was wide agreement by the stakeholders present on the dialogue’s recommendations, which are included in a draft plan of action submitted to the governments in both countries for their consideration and adoption. The recommendations include the proposal for an annual ban on Hilsa fishing during the same period of the year in both countries to protect the juvenile and brood fish. A thorough stock assessment of marine and freshwater Hilsa at regular intervals using a common methodology was identified as an important need.  …  

25 Jul 2012 | Article

Mohananda River

Ecosystems for Life project team visits Northern Bangladesh to understand water management issues

North Bangladesh is a land of renowned beauty. Lush green paddy fields and banana plantations adorn the pancake flat landscape, while corn basks along the highways in the midday sun. Famous for its mangoes, the area also has a rich archaeological history. Temples and mosques scatter the land, reminiscence of a time when kingdoms ruled the region.

Like most of Bangladesh, life in the north is centred alongside the many rivers that meander cross country. As the E4L team watched the magical sunset over the Mohananda River, it’s hard to envisage how these very rivers have over time caused so much loss and destruction. Bangladesh’s majestic river systems are a lifeline to so many, supporting food security and livelihoods. Team members from Bangladesh’s country office this week were able to see firsthand how important these rivers and the associate water infrastructure are to the people of Bangladesh. …  

08 Jul 2012 | Article

IUCN and Jaago Foundation students celebrate

IUCN and Jaago Foundation team up to celebrate International Biological Diversity Day

The magical world of deep sea creatures, large and small, captured the imagination of Jaago Foundation students yesterday as they celebrated International Biological Diversity Day. 

23 May 2012 | Event

Project Advisory Committee for Ecosystems for Life meets in India

Project Advisory Committee for Ecosystems for Life meets in India

The Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative Project Advisory Committee (PAC) held its 2nd Meeting in New Delhi, India on 4 May 2012. At the meeting, the PAC endorsed the Ecosystems for Life research and dialogue agenda. It also reviewed the project’s activities and implementation in 2011 and approved the annual work plan for 2012, while providing guidance to the team on the tasks allocated for the year. …  

20 May 2012 | Article

Students participating in the art competition

Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day

Since 2006 the world has celebrated ‘World Migratory Bird Day’, held in the second week of May, the day raises global awareness and highlights the need for protection of migratory birds and their habitats. This year the theme was: ‘Migratory birds and people – together through time’. …  

15 May 2012 | Article

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

Deer are common in the Sundarbans.