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Sea Turtle Conservation is crucial to Protect Biodiversity and Ecosystems in the Bay of Bengal. Arannayk formed Sea Turtle Conservation Group to raise awareness.

April 28, CoxsBazar:

The conservation of Sea Turtles is crucial for the ecology and biodiversity of the Bay of Bengal. To mitigate the adverse impacts of human activities on these marine creatures, Arannayk Foundation has undertaken various initiatives in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Arannayk Foundation has established a Sea Turtle Hatchery at Inani Beach in Cox's Bazar under the "Ecosystem Awareness and Restoration through Harmony (EARTH)" project, supported by UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme. So far, 5878 eggs have been nested, releasing 1222 hatchlings into the Bay of Bengal.

The information was revealed during an information-sharing workshop of the EARTH project, held at Ukhiya Upazila in Cox's Bazar on Sunday. Speakers highlighted various threats faced by Sea Turtles in the region. These include incidental capture during fishing activities, habitat degradation due to climate change, plastic pollution, and illegal construction. Consequently, the survival of Sea Turtles is at risk, prompting urgent conservation efforts.

Masud Alam Khan, Head of Programs at Aranyak Foundation, stated that through the EARTH project, they aim to involve youth in Sea Turtles and Red Crab conservation. A total of 10 Sea Turtle Conservation Groups and Red Crab Conservation Groups have been formed under this initiative to raise awareness among local communities.

While delivering his speech, the UNDP National Coordinator, Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury emphasized t.....

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Khulna University and Arannayk Foundation to assess climate change impact on Sundarbans. MoU signed for collaborative conservation efforts

Khulna, December 26, 2023:

Khulna University and Aranyak Foundation, have agreed to jointly monitor and assess the impact of climate change on the ecosystem of the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans. In addition, to facilitate collaborative initiatives in biodiversity conservation, wildlife preservation, and sustainable eco-tourism development these two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday morning at Khulna University.

The agreement outlines a collaborative framework for conducting joint research, publications, and implementation in the fields of forests, the environment, and biodiversity. Additionally, the two organizations will collaborate in expanding Khulna University's natural resource management-related research capabilities.

Both institutions have unanimously agreed to strengthen climate resilience, and environmental conservation, through exchanges between researchers and specialists and organize joint workshops, seminars, and training sessions.

Under the memorandum, promising students from Khulna University will have internship opportunities at the Aranyak Foundation, to realize their potential in building environmental careers and leadership.

The document was signed by Professor Amit Roy Chowdhury, Treasurer of Khulna University, and Dr. AZM Manzoor Rashid, Chairperson of Aranyak Foundation and Professor of Forestry and Environmental Sciences at Shahjalal University of Science and Techno.....

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Plastic pollution puts ecosystems in great danger; Businesses seek bank loans for bio-degradable alternative products; Call for banning Single-use plastics in Sundarbans and Saint Martin.

Dhaka; June 21, 2023:

Despite being harmful to the environment and natural ecosystems, plastic industries receive bank loans, in contrast, Biodegradable production initiatives are deprived of this financing. Participants raised this complaint in a seminar titled Plastic Pollution in Forests and Other Natural Ecosystem: Way Forward jointly organized by Arannayk Foundation and Institution of Foresters Bangladesh (IFB) on Wednesday at the Parjatan Bhaban in the capital.

Participating in an open discussion, speakers said that many eco-friendly commercial ventures fail due to the lack of bank loans. They also demand banning the transportation of single-use plastics to Saint Martin Island and Sundarbans.

Virtually joining as the Chief Guest, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Farhina Ahmed informed that her ministry has formulated policies to safeguard Saint Martin. Reminding the three conditions of sustainable development: intra-generational equity, intergenerational equity, and transboundary equity, the Secretary said that the government is working towards green growth.

While speaking as a Special Guest, Md. Iqbal Abdullah Harun, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said, that to reduce plastic pollution, installing a circular economy is a must. The eco-friendly business ventures will get incentives in the future, he assured.

Chief Conservator of Forests.....

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