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Regional Dialogue on “Sustainable Livelihood Options for Fishers During the Hilsa Ban Period”

IUCN is going to organize a regional dialogue on “Sustainable Livelihood options for Fishers during the Hilsa ban period” on 02 December 2014 Monday, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at The Daily Star Auditorium, Farmgate, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

This dialogue is organized by IUCN as a part of the IUCN facilitated initiative titled “Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative”.

The Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative is an IUCN led multi-stakeholder dialogue process to promote insights into trans-boundary issues across the three major river systems: Ganges, Brahmaputra and the Meghna.

Ecosystems for Life focuses on five thematic areas: food security, water productivity and poverty; impacts of climate change; convergence of inland navigation and integrated water resources management goals; environmental security and biodiversity conservation. In tune to that, IUCN, under the agies of its Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative project, commissioned a study on hilsa conservation in Bangladesh and India as well as the alternative livelihood opportunities for fisher folks; as hilsa is one of the most important fish species consumed in both countires and it has an enormous contribtion to our economy.

The study was carried out by PPRC in Dhaka, Bangladesh and WWF-India, West Bengal State Office (WBSO) and focused on the existing hilsa conservation initiatives in India and Bangladesh, livelihood options offered to fisher households and the recent impact of these initiatives. One of the objectives of the exercise has also been to draw lessons from these initiatives in the two countries for future improvements and additional measures.

This dialogue is to gather community representatives of Hilsa fishers, country’s eminent experts and practitioners to get their feedback and recommendations for a way-forward on the study findings. We would be delighted if you could kindly join us in the dialogue and present your perspective in the context of the issues of this study.

Time Chair: Hossain Zilllur Rahman, Executive Chairman, Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), Dhaka, Bangladesh 9:00 AM – 09:30 AM Registration 09:30 AM – 09:40 AM 09:40 AM – 09:55 AM Welcome Remarks by Dr. Brian Furze, Project Director, Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh India Initiative Introduction to ‘Ecosystems for Life : A Bangladesh‐India Initiative’ by Bushra Nishat, Project Manager – Bangladesh, Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh‐India Initiative, IUCN Bangladesh 09:55 AM – 10:35 AM Key Note Presentation on “ Hilsa ban period” by Dr. Sangita Mitra, WWF‐India, West Bengal State Office (WBSO) and Ambassador (Retd.) Liaquat Ali Choudhury, Senior Fellow, PPRC Sustainable Livelihood options for Fishers during the 10:35 AM – 11:00 AM Tea break 11:00 AM – 11:40 PM Speech by special guests: 1. Professor Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus and Former Vice Chancellor, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2. Ms. Meena Gupta, Co‐Chair Project Advisory Committee, Ecosystems for Life and Former Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India 3. Mr. Sayed Arif Azad, Director General, Department of Fisheries, Government of Bangladesh 4. Mr. Md. Abdul Wazed, Director General, Department of Disaster Management, Government of Bangladesh 11:40 PM – 12:20 PM Open Discussion 12:20 PM – 12:50 PM Speech and summing‐up by Chair 12:50 PM – 13:00 PM Vote of thanks by Aditi Jha, Programme Officer, Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh‐ India Initiative 13:00 Lunch

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