Tanguar Haor: portrait of a unique wetland in Bangladesh

21 February 2011 | News story

The Tanguar Haor is a unique wetland ecosystem in Bangladesh. This biologically diverse area is home to a vast array of rare plant and animal species, and supports more than 60,000 livelihoods.



In 2000, the Tanguar Haor was declared a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. The wetland is not only a globally important site for biodiversity, but the Tanguar Haor also plays a critical economic role for Bangladesh. The wetland supports freshwater fisheries, directly sustains the livelihoods from over 100 surrounding villages and contributes to the country's food production and security.

A photobook depicting the Tanguar Haor was developed to raise awareness about the rich biodiversity of this Ramsar listed wetland. The photos illustrate the many different species and livelihood activities taking place in and around the wetland ecosystem. A YouTube video "Tanguar Haor - making the most of its natural resources" was also developed by the IUCN Bangladesh office.

The standard of living in Tanguar Haor is low however, and the wetlands are vulnerable to unsustainable practices. IUCN is working in the region to ensure Tanguar Haor’s rich natural resources are being conserved and used more sustainably. The project aims to help local communities manage the wetland more efficiently and create new opportunities to generate income.

For more information, please contact: AFM Rezaul Karim, Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor, e-mail: Rezaul.Karim@iucn.org