A fair promoting herbal medicine was held at the premises of Ujanipara Buddhist Temple in Bandarban District of Chittagong Hill Tracts. The fair was jointly organized by IUCN Bangladesh (IUCNB) and Bolipara Nari Kalyan Somity (BNKS), a member of IUCN. Around 300 people of different ethnic communities were present in this fair, a landmark event aimed towards conservation of essential medicinal plants.
The herbal fair, held for the very first time in the history of Chittagong Hill Tracts, created much enthusiasm among the local ethnic communities, designed to revitalize their relationship with nature, practices and culture. A number of stalls displaying various herbal medicines were the main attraction of this unique fair.
Mr. Bir Bahadur, Member of Parliament (MP), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh along with other local government representatives such as the Deputy Commissioner of Bandarban, foreign delegates and other government and NGO officials also participated at this event.
Hundreds of people from around the region joined in the celebration and welcomed the innovative approach to raising awareness of conservation and the wise use of medicinal plants. The fair was a great success, with music and other festivities and adorned in the diversity and colors of the hill district.
Dr. Niaz Ahmed Khan, Country Representative of IUCNB graced the occasion with his presence and enthusiasm. Dr Niaz also planted medicinal plant seedlings on the premises of the temple in Bolipara. Similar initiatives to the herbal fair, including meetings, workshops and other forums will continue in near future under the One Stop Service Project.