World Wetlands Day in Bangladesh

13/02/2007

Department of Fisheries


We are gladly informing you that the Department of Fisheries, Bangladesh, has successfully observed the World Wetlands Day with the following programs:

- Publishing Supplementary Issue in three Widely Circulated National Daily

News papers (The Ittefaq, The Prothom Alo, The Daily Star). The content of the supplementary were: One main text on Wetlands status of Bangladesh and Government Strategy on conservation and expansion of these resources, Two technical Papers, one on Community Based Resource Management Techniques and another on Project Development activities for Wetlands Conservations and Management.

- A Press Conference held in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.

The participants of this conference were The Advisor for the Ministry, Secretaries of related Ministries, Related organizational Heads, Fisheries and Environment scientist and Journalists / reporters from different media. Issues rose regarding country’s wetlands status, their conservation and management measures, Government policies/strategies and future potentialities of these resources. This Press Conference got a wide media coverage.

- Advertisements containing messages on wetlands conservation and management published in the National Dailies on the day before.

- A seminar held in the Department of Fisheries Head Office on the day.

The Department and World Fish Center, Dhaka jointly organized the seminar. Theme of the seminar was as same as the Day “Fish for Tomorrow”. Secretary of the ministry of fisheries and livestock and other related high Officials and scientist were the participants. A Key Note Paper presented on the country’s present status of wetlands & aquatic resources: identified constrains and how these addressed in government policies and strategies was presented. Bedsides, two technical papers presented in the seminar that contained the technical measures and approaches to overcome the existing constrains of wetlands issues of the country. The key recommendations were:

· All Government and Non- Government organizations, Development Partners, related agencies and most of all the concerned Community Especially the Fishers) would have to be involved in any development activities relating wetlands conservation and management;
· All the Govt. Water Bodies will be gradually brought under long term
sustainable biological management instead of existing revenue based leasing systems.

Further to inform you that the Department of Fisheries is well aware about the country’s wetlands resources status and servicing the nation with its every effort. Also we are interested and committed to play significant role globally in these regards. Please keep in touch. Thanks and best regards.

Sincerely Yours

(Md. Nazrul Islam)
Director General(C.C.)
Department of Fisheries
Matshya Bhaban
13 Shaheed Captain Monsur Ali Sarani
Ramna, Dhaka.

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