IUCN’s Senior Programme Officer and Tanguar Haor’s Project Manager, Aminur Rahman recently welcomed the local community to the newly opened Tanguar Haor community information centre for the ‘Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor’ Project.
Tanguar haor is a unique wetland ecosystem in northeastern Bangladesh that is of both national and global significance. The wetlands were designated a Ramsar site (Wetland of International Importance) in 2000 and declared an Ecologically Critical Area in 1999 after the Government of Bangladesh recognised the ecological importance of the area and the over-exploitation of resources.
IUCN has worked in the wetlands since 2002 to establish an innovative co-management system that allows the sustainable use of resources. The initiative has resulted in significant achievements for the community including increasing the capacity of local communities to effectively manage the wetland and created alternate income options to reduce the dependency on natural resources.
Achievements to date include:
• 73 Village Co-Management Committees (VCC) formed in 76 out of 88 villages
• Accumulated more than BDT 8.5 million (US$ 106,250) as social capital by January 2012
• Provided more than BDT 20 million (US$ 250,000) as financial support to assist members to conduct alterative income generation activities so far.
• More than 300 actions to date taken by the local community members to prevent fish poaching and establish their control over Tanguar Haor.
• Four awareness programs conducted to date with civil society members to disseminate project objectives and build awareness on natural resources conservation of Tanguar Haor
• A total of 20,000 pieces of Katol and Rui fingerlings have been released in Tanguar Haor and 1,096 fingerlings of nearly extinct fish have been stocked in nursery pond for release
• Planted more than 60 thousand seedlings.
Mr Rahman said the information centre would be the community’s first point of contact for the project and would provide the community with an opportunity to learn more about this globally significant wetland, the benefits of the project and more about IUCN’s work in the area.
The centre includes:
• Project staff available to answer community questions
• Visual displays to demonstrate the beauty of the wetland and the wildlife of the Haor
• Various project information explaining background information to the project, information on the co-management approach and project achievements to date.
The centre is located at 162, Surma Residential Area, Shologhar, Sunamgonj.
For more information on IUCN’s Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor’ Project please visit the project site