It’s inspiring when hundreds of young people talk about The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM and biodiversity conservation. It is moving that these young minds had promised to protect nature like their mother and to see how they are more motivated, aware and responsible about taking care of their environment.
IUCN Bangladesh through its project ‘Updating the Species Red List of Bangladesh’ took the initiative to disseminate the Red List assessment process and outputs with a view to educate and inspire the next generation regarding the importance and impact of Red Listing in species conservation at the 6th National Nature Festival 2015. The programme gave the young generation a platform to know about IUCN Bangladesh and Red List assessment.
In this festival Nurul Islam Nahid MP, Education Minister, joined the youth and called upon everyone to care for nature. He also stressed the need for saving nature. He emphasised the importance of environmental education for sustainable economic development. These sentiments were echoed by Archbishop George Kocherry, Hon'ble Ambassador, Embassy of the Holy See and Rev.Fr. Patrick D’ Rozario CSC, Archbishop of Dhaka.
The 6th National Nature Festival was organised by Notre Dame Nature Study Club of Notre Dame College, Dhaka from 9 to 10 October 2015. The two-day program aimed to collect, circulate and create awareness about nature and environment among the students nationwide. The club has been organising this festival to encourage students from all levels and places countrywide to take part in nature and environmental awareness program. Almost 90 educational institutions with more than one thousand students across the country participated in the festival. The festival hosted competitions such as Project Display, Photography Exhibition, Wall Magazine and Nature Olympiad.
On the second day IUCN Bangladesh conducted a seminar on "The Process and Outputs of the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM” and the motto of the seminar was to develop the youth’s eagerness and passion on biodiversity conservation, as well as to make them aware and familiar about species assessment.
Mohammad Shahad Mahabub Chowdhury, of IUCN Bangladesh explained the Red List process. His presentation was followed by an interactive session and open discussion. Students’ were enthusiastic to learn about the Red List Assessment process and participated actively during the interactive sessions.