MoEF Secretary Istiaque Ahmad says

Biodiversity conservation can ensure sustainable tourism

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Dhaka: Biodiversity conservation and blue economy can ensure sustainable tourism development. Istiaque Ahmad, Secretary, Ministry of Environment of Forests (MoEF), said this while addressing a workshop on “International Day for Biological Diversity” held at Six Season Hotel, Gulshan in the city on May 21.

The event was organised by the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiatives of IUCN Bangladesh.

The aim of the event was to highlight the importance of biodiversity conservation in both sustainable tourism and blue economic growth on the eve of the International Day of Biological Diversity.

Istiaque Ahmad Secretary, Ministry of Environment of Forests (MoEF), biodiversity conservation and blue economy can ensure sustainable tourism development in Bangladesh. Some initiatives have already taken. More and more participation of academicians, researchers, scientists and environmentalists is need to achieve this goal.

Mohammed Shafiul Alam Chowdhury, Chief Conservator of Forests, Bangladesh Forest Department, said he strongly believed that Red List of Bangladesh 2015 can help us to conserve the threatened species and their habitat, Vulture conservation action plan, Elephant status were the best work with the technical implementation partner of IUCN Bangladesh. We hope in future jointly we can take initiative to conserve our biodiversity and sustainable tourism.

Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad, Country Representative, IUCN Bangladesh believe that International Day of Biodiversity, is on May 22, and it's not only a good reason to celebrate nature, it is also a reminder that we are not the only form of life on this planet.

Diversity in species, ecosystems and landscapes attracts tourism and promotes economic growth. In turn, a well managed tourist sector can help reduce threats to key wildlife populations, and can maintain or increase biodiversity, through tourism. Blue Economy is a very new idea, it's a biodiversity driven approach. MFF has taken this approach to promote sustainable development in coastal and marine areas.

Dr. Niaz Ahmed Khan and Dr. S Rashidul Hasan presented two papers on Blue Economy and Biodiversity and Tourism.

Dr. Md. Nasir Uddin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bangladesh Tourism Board, government officials from related departments, environment activists, donors, scientists, researchers, media personnel were also present at the workshop.

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