The Tanguar Haor wetland of Bangladesh was highlighted at the 5th Asia Regional Conservation Forum (RCF), for its exemplary community based wetland management system.
The 5th RCF commenced in Incheon, Republic of Korea on September 27, 2011 and was attended by about 500 representatives from IUCN’s Membership, Commissions, Secretariat, Council, donors and partners in Asia. The Asia Regional Conservation Forum is being co-hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea and the IUCN National Committee of Members in Korea.
AFM Rezaul Karim, Project manager of the Tanguar Haor Project and Mokhlesur Rahman, Executive Director, CNRS, represented IUCN’s project called, “Community based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor.”
The Government of Bangladesh, after the declaration of Ramsar Bureau, temporarily banned the leasing system and showed genuine interest in introducing a community based management, in line with Ramsar principles. IUCN, on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh and with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), initiated a change in management system for Tanguar Haor bringing it under a pro-poor and pro-people co-management regime. Since 2006, IUCN has successfully developed a co-management plan that involves the community, local and national government, and has helped in the establishment of resource rights for the community, explained Rezaul Karim in his key note paper presentation.
Community based sustainable management of Tanguar Haor could be a model for other wetland management system, says Ganesh Pangare, Head of Water Programme in Asia, IUCN.
The session on Tanguar Haor drew a large number of audiences including the Honorable Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of Bangladesh, Members of IUCN, environmentalists, researchers and many more.
Earlier the pictorial book of Tanguar Haor was presented to the President of IUCN, Dr. Ashok Khosla and to the Director General of IUCN, Ms Julia Marton-Lefèvre by the Country Representative of IUCN Bangladesh, Dr Niaz Ahmed Khan.