Building on the solidarity among people both in Bangladesh and globally when protesting the potential damage to be caused to the Sundarbans, the locals of the Sundarbans invited both the local and the global community to recognise February 14 as “Sundarbans Day” and to commemorate the UNESCO World Heritage site in all its present glory.
The three-day long programme ended on Monday with school rallies, cultural programmes and seminars.
On Sunday, 500 students from 25 high schools in Khulna participated in an art competition themed “We’ll preserve the biologically diverse Sundarbans” (Jibo Boichitrer Sundarbans, Korbo Mora Sangarakkhyan).
A debate competition was also organised at the Umeshchandra Pulic Library Auditorium.
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A high school student speaks at a programme in honour of Sundarbans Day, as people from all ages took part in the initiative Dhaka Tribune
High school students were involved in the celebration with the intent to raise awareness about the Sundarbans among the youth so that they can contribute toward preserving the mangrove forest.
On Monday morning, a press conference was held at the Khulna press club Humayun Kabir Balu Auditorium.
“National recognition of Sundarbans Day has been a demand of the residents of Khulna for the last 15 years, and will hopefully soon be achieved with the help of journalists,” said speakers at the conference.
Muhammad Syed Ali, forest officer of Khulna, spoke at the conference and Jahir Uddin Ahmed, forest conservation officer of Khulna region, Faruk Ahmed, director of Sundarbans Academy and SM Habib, president of Khulna Press Club, were present.
The main event was organised by Sundarbans Academy in association with the Forest Department, University of Khulna, USID, the Khulna Press Club and others.