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Environmentalists urge to ensure rights of river as living entity

  • Waterkeepers Bangladesh observe programs marking ‘World River Day’
  • Concerned authorities urged to take steps protecting rivers
Update : 24 Sep 2023, 08:05 PM

Environmentalists have called upon to protect the rights of rivers of Bangladesh as living entities. 

Even though a law was passed declaring rivers as “living entities” in Bangladesh, people cannot be constrained from the culture of river pollution and encroachment, they said. 

Many rivers across the country are extinct and the remaining rivers are also in a vulnerable condition. Environmentalists feel that the government institutions engaged in river protection are failing to show sufficient responsibility.

On Sunday morning, Waterkeepers Bangladesh organized various programs to celebrate the World River Day at 12 places across the country including Dhaka. 

They organized programs In Cox's Bazar Sadar, Pekua, Taltali, Maheshkhali, Mongla, Kutubdia, Kolapara, Patharghata, Barguna Sadar, Paikgacha and Barisal including distributing memorandums, cultural performances and rallies.

A seminar called "River is a living entity" was organized at Zahur Hossain Chowdhury Hall of Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka at 10:30am.

Dhaka - 24th September

The representatives of civil society, river and environment organizers and general public present in this program at different places of the country under the initiative of Waterkeepers Bangladesh urged the concerned authorities to take steps to protect the river.

The seminar was jointly organized by Waterkeepers Bangladesh with other organizations in which the Chief Executive of Bangladesh Environmental Law Association (Bela) Syeda Rezwana Hasan spoke; Chairman of Nongar Trust Bangladesh Suman Shams; Mohammad Ejaz, Chairman of River and Delta Research Centre; Safe Development Foundation Chairman Ibnul Said Rana and others.

Also, as part of the program, civic dialogue and children's drawing competition were held at Central Kachi Kachar Mela at Segunbagicha in Dhaka on Saturday. 

Former chairman of National River Protection Commission, Dr Mujibur Rahman Howladar, among the guests of the event, said: "The new generation must be made aware of the river, so that they love the river. We need to protect the river to sustain our existence. If we do not protect the river, no matter how much development we do, it will not be sustainable.”

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