If the mother nature is not preserved, her children will not survive either.
Nature is being jeopardized by human intervention. With wild animals and birds being killed rampantly, the natural eco-system and biodiversity are put at stake.
In rural areas, most people still do not know that the killing of wild animals is a punishable offense.
In 2010, some young boys and girls in Naogaon initiated the forestry program on the dams and beside roads to save the biodiversity of their areas. Different species of birds flew and nestled there when the trees are a bit bigger. So, these young people hang clay pitcher on the tree to keep the bird around. During summer, many birds lay eggs in hitchers. Their story was carried by print and electronic media, which led them to creating “Pran O Prokriti” – a youth-led organization for protecting nature and environment.
With the promise of saving biodiversity and serving humanity, this volunteer organization set out on their journey in 2010.
“It sounds exciting when you talk about protecting our mother nature. But, it is very challenging at the same time. The volunteers had to come up the rugged trail. Even they had resist bird hunters during winter” said Kazi Nazmul (founder of Pran o Prokriti).
To protect the migratory birds in winter, Pran O Prokriti launched a number of awareness programs in Naogaon. They also built safe sanctuary of water hyacinth (a free-floating perennial aquatic plant) by fencing areas in river. Thus they created the country’s biggest bird colony in Naogaon. There are 13 bird colonies in Naogaon at present. Four members of Pran O Prokriti received Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation from Honorable Prime Minister for protecting forests and wildlife.
Pran O Prokriti also has projects on forestry. They regularly plant fruits and medicinal plants. They also have projects on fisheries to create employment opportunities for the youths of their communities.
In 2018, Pran O Prokriti received Joy Bangla Youth Award for its outstanding performance in Environment & Climate Change category. Young Bangla network appreciates their contribution to society to bring a positive change among young people and their communities.