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Community-based Wetland Habitat Restoration and Management: Experiences and Insights from Bangladesh

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Rahman, Mukhleshur; Halder, Sachindra; Capistrano, Doris
Conference: Voices from the Commons, the Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Berkeley, CA
Conf. Date: June 5-8, 1996
Date: 1996
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2349
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): IASC
water resources
Abstract: "With over 300 fish species and a diversity of flora and fauna, Bangladesh's more than 2.8 million hectares of wetlands represent one of the richest and, from the standpoint of human dependence, most important aquatic commons in the world. For centuries, a delicate cycle of flooding, fish migration between rivers and floodplains, spawning and growth has maintained the wetlands and the rural economy it supports. The country's complex networks of canals have been important conduits for this natural cycle of fish migration and wetlands regeneration. In recent decades, unfortunately, siltation, land conversion and haphazardly planned infrastructure construction have increasingly blocked fish migratory pathways, seriously threatening the fragile wetlands ecosystem."

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