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Government finalizes ‘Dolphin Conservation Action Plan’

  • Published at 07:42 pm October 19th, 2021
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File photo of a dolphin: WCS Bangladesh

The initiative will play an effective role in increasing the number of dolphins in rivers and coastal areas, says the minister

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change approved the "Dolphin Conservation Action Plan" at a meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting was chaired by Minister Md Shahab Uddin. 

Moreover, "Fund Management Guidelines", "Dolphin Atlas in Bangladesh" and "Management Plan for the Ganges River Dolphin in Halda River" were also approved subject to some amendments.

Shahab Uddin said the "Dolphin Conservation Action Plan" would play an effective role in reducing the decline in the number of dolphins in rivers and coastal areas and in protecting the habitat of dolphins.


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“It will also help the people know the whereabouts of Gangetic and Irrawaddy dolphins in the winter.”

The "Management Plan for the Ganges River Dolphins in Halda River" would serve as a guide for the authorities in dolphin conservation, he added.

The "Fund Management Guidelines" has been formulated so that the dolphin conservation team could make proper use of the funds provided by the government and carry out dolphin conservation activities for a long time.

Among others, Deputy Minister Begum Habibun Nahar, Secretary Md Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary (Admin) Iqbal Abdullah Harun, Additional Secretary (Development) Ahmed Shamim Al Razi, Joint Secretary (Development) Zakia Afroz, Chief Conservator of Forests Md Amir Hossain Chowdhury, individuals involved in the preparation of Atlas and the action plan and senior officials of the ministry and the Forest Department were present at the occasion.

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