Tanguar Haor: A wetland in the hands of the people

After almost a century of exclusive ownership by wealthy elites, Tanguar Haor is finally back in the hands of the people who rely on it. A 10-year initiative of the government of Bangladesh, supported by IUCN and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has recently drawn to a close. Rural fisherfolk now have access to their fisheries, villagers – including a fair share of women – have been empowered to govern and manage their resources according to their own needs, wildlife sanctuaries have been established and afforestation efforts have begun.

Photo: © IUCN / Md. Mehedi Hasan

As the project enters its bridging phase before the next five-year consolidation of the previous decade’s efforts, take a photographic journey through the top 10 achievements of Tanguar Haor’s courageous people and their stunning wetland.

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The deep water of Tanguar Haor stretches out to a row of amphibious trees that stand against a cloudy sky

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