It is increasingly disturbing to read the daily news articles on grabbing wetlands (lakes, jheels, mangroves) and parks especially in the large cities, cutting trees and destruction of forest reserve in the country. At the same time, we are also reading news on depleting groundwater aquifer in Dhaka and other parts of the country and increasing risk of floods. There is a strong relationship among these natural resources, I wonder if either our policy makers or the land grabbers and illegal loggers have any idea how these natural resources are acting as essential components of the natural eco-system and maintain a strong link among themselves. I do not want to write a long story on this topic, just to make it short, let me explain some of the basics:
Wetlands are recognized as important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services for people and for fish and wildlife. Some of these services, or functions include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitats, storing floodwaters, and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods. These beneficial services, considered valuable to societies worldwide, are the result of the inherent and unique natural characteristics of wetlands.
- Masud Karim