IUCN Bangladesh, in 2006, on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, launched the Community-based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Hoar Project with funds from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Over a period of two years, the project has enabled communities in Tanguar Haor to negotiate and implement measures for managing the wetland and improving their livelihoods. A particular achievement has been the transfer of fishing rights from private parties to the local communities involved in management. Tanguar Haor is overseen by a successful co-management body with representatives from central and local government, and the local communities.
This is an excerpt of a case study from WaterWealth, a publication on basin management across Asia and the Pacific. WaterWealth is available for download on the