On October 30th, the Biodiversity Conservation and Fisheries Research Center (BCFRC) is hosting a webinar called “Virtual Talk on Swimways Bangladesh” focusing on the routes, habitats, and diseases of migratory fish. However, this was not originally planned as a virtual event. Due to COVID-19, the organizers decided to switch their in-person program to a webinar. We spoke with the lead organizer, Md Muzammel Hossain of the BFRC about his event, and why he encourages others to host virtual events for WFMD 2020.
A participant since the first World Fish Migration Day, Muzammel encourages others to join WFMD to connect and share ideas. When asked if he recommends hosting a virtual event for this year’s World Fish Migration Day, he said:
“I highly recommend that others plan a virtual event for WFMD that is possible to share knowledge and plan among the scientific society who can solve the situation scientifically for a long term sustainable environment. World Fish Migration Foundation is one of the organizations, they are connecting with fish, river and people through WFMD to develop swimways as well as freshwater environments locally and internationally.”
In his country of Bangladesh, river degradation often results in fatal natural disasters, as well as economic difficulties. Hossain says that a “[v]irtual talk is highly important for the pandemic situation...It’s helpful to motivate local and international people who are involved in disaster situations or have faced similar problems.”
We hope you consider hosting your own virtual event for WFMD 2020 as well! And if you’re interested, make sure to check out the Virtual Talk on Swimways Bangladesh on October 30th, 2020!
World Fish Migration Day Bangladesh 2020
Topic: Virtual Talk on Swimway Bangladesh
Date: 30 October, 2020
Organizer: Biodiversity Conservation and Fisheries Research Center (BCFRC)
1) Could you tell me a little bit more about the virtual talk, and some of the objectives?
Virtual talk is highly important in the pandemic situation, not only pandemic but also the environmental disaster situation that is occurring over a short or long period of time in nature such as cyclone, flood, earthquake, river bank erosion, freezing rain, hurricane, landslide, wildfire, tsunami etc. In nature a sudden accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life.
It’s helpful to motivate local and international people who are involved in the disaster situation or faced the problem. So many people are losing his/her lives or property due to environmental disasters; they will be aware through virtual events.
2) Why is this topic important in your region?
This topic is highly important in any environmental disaster situation that is occurring in the south East Asia/developing country. Developing countries suffer the greatest costs when a disaster hits – more than 95 % of all deaths caused by hazards occur in developing countries, and losses due to natural hazards are 20 times greater (as a percentage of GDP) in developing countries than in industrialized countries. Bangladesh has more than 230 rivers. Among the rivers, the largest 10 rivers are important geographically and economically in Bangladesh as well as in Asia. Natural disaster, river bank erosion, and floods are common in the Asia region that's why virtual communication is important to connect locally and internationally.
3) Since you have been a participant since the beginning, why is it important for you to keep participating? Do you have words of encouragement for others to participate?
Yes, from the beginning I have been participating for fish, river and connecting people. Well, as a fisheries researcher and teacher, I am thinking and considering the ways in which we are polluting natural water bodies, exploiting resources and destroying wildlife, and if nobody helps us in the coming future to overcome the situation that’s why I think any knowledgeable participation is important to develop the environment.
I suggest to others, virtual participation is a window to open your mind through discussion that is possible to solve the problem and encourage others.
4) Do you have any recommendations for others planning a virtual event for WFMD?
I highly recommend to others to plan a virtual event for WFMD that is possible to share knowledge and plan among the scientific society who can solve the situation scientifically for a long term sustainable environment. World Fish migration Foundation is one of the organizations, they are connecting with fish, river and people by WFMD to develop swimway as well as freshwater environment locally and internationally.
So I think, Due to COVID19 pandemic situation, this time for virtual !
Md Muzammel Hossain