Experts reiterated the need for concerted policies conserve biodiversity in the country. They warned that if appropriate conservation measures are not taken, many species, particularly in the haor basin will go extinct in the near future, which will ultimately affect the ecosystems in the long run. Experts told this in a workshop jointly organized by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and faculty of Fisheries, Bangladesh Agricultural University held at Syed Nazrul Islam Auditorium of BAU on Monday.
The aim of the workshop was to disseminate the findings and the process of the ongoing ‘Updating Species Red List of Bangladesh’ project, run by IUCN Bangladesh.
Chaired by the dean of Fisheries faculty Prof Dr Suvas Chandra Das, BAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md. Ali Akbar attended the workshop as the chief guest.
Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad, IUCN Country Representative in Bangladesh and Md. Akbar Hossain, Project director, Strengthening Regional Co-operation for Wildlife Protection project (SRCWP), Bangladesh Forest Department attended the workshop as the special guests.
Mohammad Shahad Mahabub Chowdhury, Project Manager, Updating Species Red List of Bangladesh, IUCN Bangladesh presented the key note paper in the workshop.
Requiring everyone’s participation to the conservation of biodiversity BAU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Ali Akbar told that the workshop will make the young generation concerned about the biodiversity to create an inhabitable world.
Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad stressed the importance of human intervention since most species are vulnerable especially with loss of habitat. Because of this, he said, they are expected to move into areas populated by humans, which could create havoc on ecological food chains and impact on human food security, public health and safety.
The event included two technical sessions which were participated by academicians, scientists, wildlife biologists, conservationists etc.
A total eight research papers were presented in the workshop.
The knowledge of biodiversity is a critical factor to develop proper conservation strategies. IUCN through its Red List project in Bangladesh is harvesting targeted data to reduce the knowledge gaps in the field of biodiversity conservation. Over 2 year, IUCN has been assessing data of more than 1600 species.