Research findings on life and livelihood issues of Haor shared
Save the Children, World Vision International and BRAC implementing the Flash Flood Recovery project with funding from the UKAID and managed by the UN office for the project services (UNOPS). Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) carried out a research to identify the essential measures for the development of the people haor areas in the northeast of Bangladesh.
To share the study findings BRAC, Save the Children and World Vision International organized a presentation seminar titled ''Lives and Livelihood issues of haor dwellers'' on March 14, 2018. Honorable Minister for the Water Resource Ministry Mr. Anwar Hossain Monju was present as chief guest while Honorable State Minister for Finance and planning ministry Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mannan was presented as special guest. Revealing the findings, Probal Saha, water resource management specialist of the Centre for C3ER, delivered the keynote presentation at the programme.
The study recommended finding to improve early warning system, long-term agricultural plan, constructing and repairing dams and creating alternative employment opportunities in haor areas.
It also called for strengthening opening ‘jolmohal’ (water-bodies under government jurisdiction that are leased out for fish culture) for affected people during emergencies of flashfloods and other natural disasters allowing them to catch fish, and technological improvement of early warning system in weather forecast.
Water resources minister Anwar Hossain commented that the post-flood impact mitigation should proceed on the basis of people’s actual requirements rather than prescription from external parties. State minister for finance and planning ministry Muhammad Abdul Mannan said that ''an early warning system would help the haor people take loss-mitigating measures as monsoon flood is inevitable''.
Dr Ishtiaq Mannan, deputy country director of Save the Children, said, "Time is extremely valuable in haor livelihood management. Resource damages cannot be prevented unless we are able to take timely action. For this reason, involving the local community is essential for effective infrastructure management in haor."