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Bolibazar Govt. Primary School

Students and teachers show passion to conserve medicinal plants in Bandarban, Bangladesh

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Bangladesh Country Office in association with BNKS (Bolipara Nari Kalyan Somity) conducted school programmes and teachers session this month at Bolipara union and Thanchi upazila Bandarban Hill District of Bangladesh. These programmes helped the students as well as the teachers to discover the value of medicinal plants and traditional knowledge in their own communities. “Trees are our friend. We can produce our own drug by medicinal plant cultivation surrounding our school and homestead areas”, students and teachers told IUCN with enthusiasm.
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27 Sep 2012 | Article

West Behala High school, Amtoli, Barguna

Judges blown away with talent on ‘Bangladesh’s search for Next Master Artist and Musician'

This month project team members of the ‘Coastal Livelihoods Adaptation Project’ travelled to Potuakhali, Borguna and Kuakata, in remote disaster prone areas to visit the communities in southern Bangladesh and discovered not just one but more than one hundred talented hopefuls. Blank canvases soon became works of art, even though most of the young students from West Behala High School and Badurtoli Government Primary School had never even seen or used pastel colors to draw. …  

24 Sep 2012 | Article

Summit of Mt. Halla

Nature+: Towards a New Era of Conservation, Sustainability and Nature-based Solutions

Jeju Declaration by the IUCN President, the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea, the Governor of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and the Chairman of the Korean Organizing Committee on the occasion of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, September 2012 …   | French | Spanish

15 Sep 2012 | News story

The meaningful consultation and participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, such as these Baka women in Cameroon, is an important aspect of the pro-poor approach for REDD

Charting IUCN’s course for the next four years

Today, at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the Members Assembly approved the new IUCN Programme for the next four years, effectively defining where the Union's efforts will be directed in the coming years. …   | Spanish

14 Sep 2012 | Article

Zhang Xinsheng

IUCN’s new President elected

Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China is the new President of IUCN. He was elected today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. …   | French | Spanish

12 Sep 2012 | News story

IUCN World Conservation Congress

IUCN Bangladesh press briefing on the World Conservation Congress

7 August 2012, Dhaka: With only one month to go before the start of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju Korea, IUCN Bangladesh Country Office yesterday provided an opportunity for local journalists to find out more about the congress and share knowledge on how our natural environment should be managed for the continued well-being of humanity and all life on Earth.  …  

08 Aug 2012 | Article

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


Deer are common in the Sundarbans.