Wildlife Trust becomes IUCN member
Saturday, 29 March 2008

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) at its 69th council meeting held in Gland, Switzerland from March 10-12, approved the admission of Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) as a member in its national non-governmental category, reports UNB.

“This means the beginning of a mutually beneficial collaboration between IUCN and WTB. IUCN membership will encourage us to reinforce our activities in protecting our environment,” said Enayetullah Khan, Chairman of WTB.

WTB’s other international partners are Global Forest Coalition, Zoo Outreach Organisation, Wildlife Conservation Society, Dreamnight at the Zoo Foundation, International Zoo Educators Association, Global Science Productions and US Fish and Wildlife Service. WTB has been conducting action research in the fields of biodiversity and ecology.

It provides training and education on biodiversity and sustainable environment protection. Besides, it produces and disseminates public awareness materials. At the moment, WTB is in the process of developing a centre of study and research in biodiversity and forming a data bank on biodiversity.

Professor M Anwarul Islam, Chief Executive of WTB, said, “It is a great opportunity for us to be associated with IUCN which is the world’s largest and most important conservation network.” IUCN brings tegother about 100 states, more than 800 non-governmental organisation (NGOs), and more than 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique cooperation for sustainable conservation.

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