Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation (CCEC), an NGO celebrated the International Mangrove Action Day (26th July) -2010 at Burigoalini Union adjoining Burigoalini Forest Range Office at Shyamnagar UPZ under Satkhira District of Bangladesh. The CCEC organized a rally with the active participation of Mangroves Protection Society (MPS) members and Sundarbans stakeholders i.e. bouali (wood and thatch cutter), mouali (honey extractor), jellay(fish and crab catcher) cooperative society members. The rally moved around Datinakhali Nil-Dumur BDR/BGB Camp and Burigoalini key areas including plantation site followed by a discussion and circulation of posters and leaflets at “Sundarbans Information and Tourism Promotion centre” run by CCEC. Discussion includes on the important roll and potential of Sundarbans mangrove forest. Mangrove safe our life especially during catastrophic cyclone for example cyclone-SIDR, and cyclone-AILA. The Sundarbans mangrove is the remaining natural coastal defender of Bangladesh and acts like a mother. They also mentioned that Sundarbans mangrove is a source of livelihood, food, fuel of coastal communities and ideal habitat for biodiversity. They commit that the Sundarbans must be protected in cooperation with all concerned. The meeting was attended by Forest Officials, CCEC field supervisors Shamir Kumar Dhali, Nirapado Mondal, Nur Islam. The meeting was also represented by Mr. Shamsur Rahman the Chairperson, stakeholder cooperative society and mouali group leader Mr. Mostofa Sardar who spoke on the discussion meeting. As part of UNEP-APFED Showcase project, titled “Sundarbans crab fattening in bamboo cages and mangrove restoration as an adaptation to climate change” funded by Thailand Environment Institute (TEI).
Mowdudur Rahman (Environ. Risk Assessment)
Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation (CCEC)
House # 93 Road # 2 Sonadanga R/A,
Phone: 88 041 810982
Cell: 01712 995 180