To involve people living in the Sundarbans periphery actively in the conservation efforts of the Bengal tiger and their habitat, TigerTeam started the ‘Sundarban mayer moton’ campaign in February 2012. As a part of this campaign, a boat race is going to be organized in Munshiganj union of Shatkhira on the 7th of November, 2012. The race will take place on the Chunkuri River, starting from Horinagar Bazaar area. With enthusiastic participation from the local people, four boat races will consecutively be held in all four ranges of the Sundarbans throughout November. The boat races will give people an opportunity to engage in traditional social activities and discourage them from seeking thrill from hunting and poaching, which harm the Sundarbans.
At 2 pm, the boat race will begin from the Tushkhali canal point with the finish line set at the Horinagar sluice gate almost 1.5 kilometers away. After the race, the prize distribution ceremony will take place at the ‘Bonosri Shikkha Niketon’ field at 4:30 pm. Mr. Toufiqul Islam, an ACF of the Bangladesh Forest Department’s Shatkhira Range office will be present as chief guest, along with special guests Chairman Md. Akbar Ali of Ramjannagar union, Chairman G. M. Rezaul Karim of Koikhali union, Chairman Nazrul Islam of Burigoalini union and chairman G. M. Masudul Islam of Gabura union.
Mr. Abul Kashem Morol, Chairman of Munshiganj union will preside over the ceremony. After the prize distribution, a festive cultural program will also be organized at 6:00 pm in the evening.
This event and all the other boat races are being arranged by the local organizing committees, with the help and participation of the local inhabitants. WildTeam has provided all necessary support and assistance in the arrangements, and hope that the boat race will become a yearly event for the communities in the Sundarbans periphery.
WildTeam, formerly known as Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, a nonprofit organization has been working to protect the biodiversity of Bangladesh since 2003. TigerTeam, a part of WildTeam aims to undertake tiger conservation activities to support the Bangladesh Government and also to create a wider network to bring together more people to help to conserve Bangladesh’s pride – the Royal Bengal Tiger.