Kolkata, India, 26 July 2012 (IUCN): Ecosystems for Life, an initiative of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) undertook joint research and trans-boundary dialogue on sustainable management and conservation of the Hilsa through a policy dialogue in Kolkata on 24 July.
The dialogue brought together scientists, policy makers and representatives of fishing communities from Bangladesh and India to establish a set or recommendations. The recommendations were discussed in a meeting between Mr Tarun Shridhar, Joint Secretary (Fisheries), Government of India and his counterpart from Bangladesh, Mr M Shamsul Kibria, on 26 July in Kolkata. The IUCN Country Representatives of India and Bangladesh Country Office, Ms Meenakshi Datta Ghosh and Mr Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad, were also present at the discussion. The meeting discussed the policy options which were presented in the policy dialogue on Hilsa conservation.
The trans-boundary dialogue is a part of IUCN’s project Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative. The research was conducted by a trans-boundary joint research team following an agreed common methodology that focused on the migration route of Hilsa with emphasis on the Ganges river system. The research was conducted by Professor Dewan Ali Ahsan, the Department of Fisheries, Dhaka University, Professor M Niamul Naser, Department of Zoology, Dhaka University, Dr Utpal Bhaumik, Head, Riverine Ecology, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute and Professor Sugata Hazra, Director, Department of Oceanography, Jadavpur University, India.
The Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative is a civil society led multi-stakeholder dialogue process to promote better understanding of the management of natural resources in the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna region.
This Initiative is being implemented by IUCN Country Offices in Bangladesh and India with support from the Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation and the IUCN Asia Regional Office.