Inter University Workshop (IUW) 2019 Held Successfully
The Green Planet Club in collaboration with the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESM), IUB successfully hosted 2nd Inter-University Workshop (IUW) on “Mangroves and Moving Lives” in Shyamnagar, Satkhira from 13th to 16th November 2019. Students from diverse backgrounds participated in the workshop. The workshop was facilitated by experts from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Creative Conservation Alliance (CCA), International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and The Garbage Man. The participants witnessed many environmental issues and enriched their learning experience by exploring the coastal livelihood and mangrove ecosystem.
The workshop had three segments: four interactive discussion sessions, visiting a crab farm and a boat trip to the Sundarbans. The first session was conducted by Mr. Fahim Uddin from the Garbage Man and he delivered a talk on eco-tourism and waste management. He also portrayed how the system at the Garbage Man works from collecting wastes to producing compost. He along the participants made a pledge against littering especially in tourist sites. Session 2 was conducted by Ms. Shamsunnahar Shanta from the Wildlife Conservation Society. Divided into three segments, Ms. Shanta explained the importance of marine species, screened a documentary and an interactive conservation game. In her discussion, she focused on the mangrove ecosystem and its rich biodiversity.
Mr. Jewel Mahmud from International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) started his session on the second day of the workshop which included an elaborate discussion on climate change and coastal adaptation. The last session shed lights on the importance of lesser fauna in the Sundarban and how they contribute to a dynamic mangrove ecosystem. Conducted by Mr. Shahriar Caesar Rahman from Create Conservation Alliance, the session truly engaged participants in a discussion on ‘development versus conservation’.
As part of the workshop, participants visited a crab farm in Shyamnagar, Satkhira where they were able to explore the fascinating facts of crab farming and how it is getting momentum in the face of climate change in coastal areas of Bangladesh. They got the opportunity to ask questions directly to the crab farmers. A boat trip was also organized to Kolgachia Range of the Sundarban through which participants were also able to venture a part of the forest and could see how human disturbances altered the behavior of wild animals. The workshop ended with the certificate distribution ceremony and the final vote of thanks.