The haors and wetlands of Bangladesh are a reservoir of immense potential

If the resources of haor and wetlands are properly utilized, then the country will progress economically and the tourism industry will develop. The haors and wetlands of Bangladesh are a reservoir of immense potential. The role of media and journalists is essential to utilize this potential.

Speakers said these things in a workshop organized with journalists on Sunday (June 9). The workshop was jointly organized by Bangladesh Water and Wetland Development Directorate, ‘Amra Nari’ and ‘Marine Journalists Network (MJN)’, an organization of marine economy and environment reporters.

Director General (Additional Secretary) of Bangladesh Water and Wetland Development Directorate said in the speech of the President. Akhtaruzzaman said, this department is working sincerely to conserve the wetlands and wetlands of the country. Media can play an important role in the conservation and development of all wetlands in the country. He sought the cooperation of media and journalists in this regard.

We can’t catch tuna fish, he said during the presentation of the main article. But Japan is catching this fish from here and processing it on the ship and marketing it.

Md. Akhtaruzzaman also said that in the 1980s, the forest in Bangladesh was 7 percent, it should be 25 percent. Currently 17 percent. 80 percent of the country is green for 8 months of the year. We are producing various crops including paddy. Haor has water for 7 months. Then people don’t have work. During this time they catch fish from the haor.

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He feels that siltation is the biggest problem in the Haor and wetlands at present. Not only silt but also rocks and sand. At least one billion metric tons of sediment falls every year. By this the river is filling up. 71 percent of the country’s GDP can come from freshwater fish exports. Three times more profit in fish farming than rice. In Baikka Bill of Moulvibazar, if you spend 10 crores to raise one crore fish, it can be sold for 2000 crores.

Ehsanul Haque Jaseem presented his article and said that Haor is being wasted due to many government projects. A large part of the people of Haor region are deprived of educational facilities, clean drinking water, healthcare etc. Lately floods are occurring in severe form. Many people die due to lightning. But the news of these things is less in the media.

He said, because of the walled weather road in Kishoreganj, water cannot go to Haor. It is damaging. The flow of water is obstructed. It is one of the reasons for severe floods in 2022. Claiming that 100 people died in that flood, he said, this information did not come to the media. He emphasized on bringing the news of Haor properly to the media.

Ehsanul Haque Jaseem, Vice President of Marine Journalist Network, presented an article on ‘Role of Media in Conservation and Development of Hawar’ at the event moderated by founder of ‘Amra Nari’ MM Zahidur Rahman Biplab.

Among others, the water resource expert of the Institute of Water Modeling (IWM) spoke. SM Tanveer Hasan, former General Secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity Raju Ahmad, Secretary General of Save Our Sea Gazi Mohammad Anwarul Haque, Bangladesh Post City Editor Nasima Akhtar Soma, President of Marine Journalists Network Rashed Ahmad and General Secretary Kefayet Shakeel. The event was attended by the former additional secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Farooq Ahmad, Director of Bangladesh Haor and Wetland Development Directorate Gazi Mizanur Rahman and others.