World Environment Day was observed in Bangladesh with the theme “Nature: Forests at your Service” by IUCN Bangladesh, the Government, United Nation agencies and numerous NGOs and institutions.
The honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the national programme held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on 5 June and urged members of civil society, people's representatives, development partners, NGOs, media and environmentalists to play more effective roles to protect the environment.
"Many animal species are vanishing. We need to get our act together quickly to save the environment," she said.
Referring to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, State Minister for Forest and Environment Dr Hasan Mahmud said, “Many species of birds and reptiles are endangered and critically endangered in Bangladesh. We need to put our effort together to save them from getting extinct. “
As part of the event, the Prime Minister also recognised two institutions and an individual with the prestigious "National Environment Award-2011" and awarded certificates and medals to the winners of the Environment Day sketch and essay competitions.
Environment and Forest Ministry Acting Secretary Mesbah Ul Alam and Environment Department Director General Manwar Islam also addressed the programme.
As part of the celebrations, IUCN Bangladesh also participated in the three-day fair and used this opportunity to speak to the public and distribute materials to increase awareness about environmental conservation.
On 6 June, IUCN Bangladesh in association with Department of Environment, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Antorongo Shishu Shongothon and Eco Society held a seminar titled “Co-management of Natural Resources”.
AFM Rezaul Karim, Senior programme officer, IUCN Bangladesh presented the keynote paper on co management system in Tanguar Haor.