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12A-048-006, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast by Rubaiyat MansurWCS, SOS Save Our Species,

Meet the fishers helping save threatened dolphins

Preventing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna is a challenging task, writes Brian D. Smith from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Fishers are often unable to detect Irrawaddy dolphins entangled in their nets. But according to Brian there are solutions.   …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

Establishment of Fish and bird sanctuaries has been an effective conservation effort in Tanguar Haor

Practice on Buffer Zone Fishing Modality in Tanguar Haor for Sustainable Fishing and Conservation

Tanguar Haor is a unique wetland ecosystem of national and international significance. It covers roughly 10,000 ha and is located in Sunamganj, North-Eastern district of Bangladesh. The “Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor" project aims to conserve ecosystem values in the haor by developing a co-management system. As a part of the project, a buffer zone fishing modality, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has been developed to ensure the fishing access of poor fishermen. …  

06 Apr 2016 | News story

The elephant response team members participated in a training

Reducing Human-Elephant Conflict: Elephant Response Team is key

Conflict between humans and elephants have become an important issue for conservationists during the last two decades. In Bangladesh, about 2.53 million hectares (17.49%) of its 14.8 million hectares total land area is covered by forests. This includes 0.27 million hectares of homestead forests and 2.26 million hectares of state-owned forest reserves and protected areas. Elephants and farmers, along with other members of the community, have become incompatible neighbors in many parts of the elephant ranges in Bangladesh, especially in places where agriculture is the dominant form of land use. As a result, Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) occurs frequently, and many elephants die due to this conflict. …  

29 Mar 2016 | News story

Non-Preferred Crop

Cultivating chilli Crops: Mitigating human-elephant conflict and helping farmers make more profit

Human-elephant conflict (HEC) is a result of habitat loss and fragmentation. When elephants and humans interact, there is conflict from crop raiding, injuries and deaths to humans caused by elephants, and elephants being killed by humans for reasons other than ivory and habitat degradation. The search for effective measures to deal with HEC is one of the most significant challenges for elephant management. …  

16 Mar 2016 | News story

The rally on the celebration of world wetland day

Bangladesh Celebrates World Wetlands Day

The global community celebrates World Wetlands Day on February 2nd of each year. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971. Like other countries in different part of the world, Bangladesh also celebrated the World wetland Day with a dedication to mark the theme of this year ‘‘Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods”, to raise awareness about the value of wetlands in the lives of people, and in the economic successes of families, communities and nations. While the ecosystem services that wetlands provide, such as regulating water availability and quality, filtration and purification, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration, are well documented scientifically, income generation from wetlands is less recognized globally. …  

15 Mar 2016 | News story

A glimpse of the Sundarban Exposure Visit

Tiger and elephant response teams share experiences on human-wildlife conflict

Elephants are crucial to the maintenance of biodiversity and ecological integrity of Bangladesh. In the last two centuries,  the population of wild elephants has declined drastically due to habitat fragmentation and destruction caused by the expansion of agriculture and human settlement.The growing pressure on elephant habitats and movement corridors has resulted in human-elephant conflict.  To tackle this issue, IUCN is working with government agencies, local communities and concerned stakeholders to develop elephant conservation initiatives that aims to reduce  human-elephant conflict. …  

18 Feb 2016 | News story

A workshop was held in Dhaka to celebrate the 30 years of Bangladesh Bird Census.

IUCN carousal the 30 years celebration of Bangladesh Bird Census

IUCN celebrated 30 years of Bangladesh Bird Census which was mainly started by a few number of volunteers. 30 years back, Bangladesh Bird Club started with a handful of volunteers and today it is celebrating the 30 years celebration of the census. Bangladesh Bird Census cover more areas easily and the bird counts can be done more efficiently during the census period. …  

18 Jan 2016 | News story

Administrative and wildlife managers came together in a workshop in Chittagong to discuss elephant conservation in the wild

Administrators and wildlife managers urge to take actions to minimize human-elephant conflicts in Bangladesh

 Administrators and wildlife managers emphasized elephant conservation as a major development agenda by implementing the Bangladesh Elephant Action Plan for awareness building on elephant conservation and for managing human-elephant conflicts.  | French

14 Jan 2016 | News story

Experts sharing their opinions on Hilsa Conservation

Experts explore the opportunities to improve Hilsa management in Bangladesh

Fisheries experts have recently emphasized to strengthen existing systems and to embrace new ideas while revising the Hilsa Fisheries Management Action Plan and for the overall Hilsa conservation. …  

03 Jan 2016 | Article

Coral reefs

Commentary: Catalyzing Inter-Regional Cooperation on the Blue Economy in Asia

The oceans and seas are critical to sustaining life on Earth. Oceans produce more than half the oxygen in the atmosphere, absorb carbon and hold 97% of the earth’s water. Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion annually (5% of global GDP). Oceans provide around 350 million jobs and food for over 1 billion people. But overfishing, pollution and climate change are putting unprecedented stress on marine ecosystems and affecting the services they provide. …  

24 Dec 2015 | Article

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Deer are common in the Sundarbans.