MoEF Visit to Tanguar Haor

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MoEF Visit to Tanguar Haor

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A high delegation team of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) visited Sunamganj with a field trip to Tanguar Haor from 07 March 2015 to 09 March 2015. Mr. Khandokar Rakibur Rahman, Additional Secretary (EnvPC), MoEF headed the visiting team which comprised of other three senior Government officials; Mr. Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, Joint Secretary (Development), Dr. Nurul Quadir, Joint Secretar (Env-1), Dr. Md. Mohiuddin, Deputy Secretary and the National Project Director of Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor Project (CBSMTHP) Phase-3. As directed by the Secretary of MoEF, the ministerial team made this important visit for monitoring and evaluating the activities of CBSMTH project in Tanguar Haor. The visit also aimed to place some recommendations for future management of this wetland.
The first day of the visit spent on a consultation meeting with District Administration, Sunamganj as well as IUCN. Mr.Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad, Country Representative, IUCN Bangladesh and Mr. S K Rafiqul Islam, Deputy Commissioner of Sunamganj were present in the meeting held at the district circuit house. In the beginning of meeting, Mr. Sayeed Mahmud Riadh, Project Manager of CBSMTH project briefed present status of the ongoing phase. He also highlighted a number of challenges towards implementing the project activities in Tanguar Haor. Besides, executive magistrates of Sunamganj, particularly those assigned for protecting Tanguar Haor (TH) resources put their observations from different perspectives. CBSMTH project staffs of IUCN also participated in the meeting discussion with sharing their field experiences. However, all the meeting participants came up with some recommendations towards successful implementation of the project activities in Tanguar Haor.
Day-2 of MoEF team was followed by a field visit to Tanguar Haor. The government representatives sat in a discussion at Hatirgatha, the center place of Tanguar Haor. Leaders of the Central Co-management Committee (CCC) as well as community guards were present there and shared their views with the visiting team. After meeting at Hatirgatha, the team visited plantation activities under CBSMTH project and then travelled to Bangalvita, a village of tribal community at the foothills of Meghalay. The Government officials along with IUCN representatives observed some project activities there. While returning to Sunamganj, the visiting team halted at Tahirpur Upazila and passed few hours at the UNO office to talk about the present status and future strategy of CBSMTH Project with the local stakeholders including UNO, Union Parishad Chairman and others. Based on observations and findings during the entire visit, the MoEF team produced a report with necessary recommendations, which also considered relevant documents of the CBSMTH project.