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[The distinguished guests are seen on the dais;]

A full-day long workshop on the draft amendment to the Forest Act, 1927 and the draft of Wildlife (Preservation) Act, 2010, jointly organized by Maleya Foundation, Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement, and Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNetCCBD) was held at the seminar room of Anukul Foundation, at Shyamoli, Dhaka on June 11, 2012.

Chaired by Gautam Dewan, chairman of Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement, the program was addressed by Prof. Dr. Sadeka Halim, commissioner, Bangladesh Information Commission, Shamsul Huda, executive director, Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD), and His Majesty Barrister Raja Devasish Roy, member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

 

[A partial view of the participants at the program;]

The workshop saw a turn-out of a good number of participants, including Zumlian Amlai, member, Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement, Sudatta Bikash Tanchangya, general secretary, Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement, Prof Gonesh Soren, Adibashi Samaj Unnayan Songstha (ASUS), Pidison Pradhan, chairman, Greater Sylhet Indigenous Peoples’ Forum, Mrinal Kanti Tripura, BIPNetCCBD, Ferdous-ur-Rahman, president of PRODIPAN, Jidison Pradhan Suchian, member, Greater Sylhet Indigenous Peoples’ Forum, and Andrew Sholomar, member, Wickliffe Siem Jubo Songha, Sunamganj.

[Ferdous-ur-Rahman, president of PRODIPAN is seen asking questions to the guests on the dais during ‘question-and-answer’ session at the program.]

It should be mentioned that the draft of Wildlife (Preservation) Act, 2010 was passed in the House on July 08, 2012.