ICIMOD-Chinese Team Visit to Tanguar Haor

A team from China visited Bangladesh from November 28 to December 03, 2015. This was an exposure visit programme sponsored by The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and particular purposes of the visit were to observe and learn the wetland management in Bangladesh as well as interact with the key stakeholders. A total of 12 foreign participants including 10 Chinese and 2 Nepalese arrived Bangladesh on 28 November 2015.

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The team sat in a meeting at the IUCN Bangladesh Country Office to exchange ideas on wetland conservation in Bangladesh and China. On the same day the Chinese team visited the headquarter of Forest Department (FD) in Dhaka where some good cases of forest resources management in Bangladesh were presented by the department officials.

The most important part of the visit was followed by a field trip to Tanguar Haor in Sunamganj, where IUCN has been implementing the CBSMTH project. The team met Village Co-management Committee (VCC) there and exchanged views with the VCC leaders.  The field trip was largely entertained by site seeing at Tanguar Haor especially it’s fish sanctuary, migratory birds, and afforestation, etc.

At the end of field visit to Tanguar Haor, the Chinese team shared their learnings, and placed few issues to be considered while managing wetlands in Bangladesh as well as in Tanguar Haor.