The global community celebrates World Wetlands Day on February 2nd of each year. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971. Like other countries in different part of the world, Bangladesh also celebrated the World wetland Day with a dedication to mark the theme of this year ‘‘Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods”, to raise awareness about the value of wetlands in the lives of people, and in the economic successes of families, communities and nations. While the ecosystem services that wetlands provide, such as regulating water availability and quality, filtration and purification, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration, are well documented scientifically, income generation from wetlands is less recognized globally.
IUCN Bangladesh celebrated this day under its Community based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor project. A formal program was organized at the ‘Tahirpur Upazila, Sunamgonj in Sylhet, which is a district of Bangladesh in the coordination of the local community and mother groups.
The day was celebrated by a rally, discussion session and a quiz competition. The discussion session was chaired by the chief guest Md. Iqbal Hossain, the UNO of Tahirpur Upazila of Sunaganj. Md.. Kamruzzaman, Upazila chairman of Tahirpur Upazila; Md. Iqbal Hossain, Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, Tahirpur Upazilla; Md. Burhanuddin, Chairman, Tahirpur Sadar Union Parishad were also present in the program. In the quiz competition program total 20 students of Tahirpur High School students took part.
Wahiduzzaman Sarkar, the Thematic Coordinator of the Community based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor project of IUCN discussed on the importance of the wetlands.
“The wetlands are very important and it is related to our life, because it helps us to sustain our life. We need to save our wetland for ensuring the equilibrium of the environment, ” said Mr. Burglar Rahman, the president of the Tanguar Haor Co-management Committee.
The Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor Project aims to meet the goal of the development of the co-management system which will conserve ecosystem values. As a part of the haor’s contributing to the livelihood for Tanguar Haor, project has developed the buffer zone fishing modality for better uses of resources, which is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).