|Date||9 Dec 2015|
Bangladesh possesses an enormous area of wetlands including rivers, freshwater lakes, marshes, waterfalls, streams and estuarine systems with extensive mangrove swamps. This diverse range of water bodies along with many tropical forest patches has generated suitable habitat for many Odonata species. Despite that ambient milieu, ironically, scanty of studies has been carried out to document the Odonata fauna of Bangladesh. Till date, Bangladesh does not have a checklist of its Odonata fauna.
The distribution atlas, habitat status and faunistic data of the Odonata of Bangladesh are not well documented. There is no authentic data on the population trends, habitat destruction and the status of the dragonflies are not assessed yet. We do not know the endangered and vulnerable species hence, cannot make take conservation actions. Moreover, there is no authentic resource database or field guide of the Odonata of Bangladesh. As a consequence of that, the beginner researchers and naturalists face extreme difficulties and Odonatology remain one of the neglected areas in Bangladesh.
In current Project, First of all, we will establish a comprehensive checklist with distribution atlas of the Odonata fauna of Bangladesh. Although scattered studies have been carried out in different parts of the country, the complete checklist has not been established yet. In addition to that, we will assess the current status of the Odonata fauna and their habitats in different regions of Bangladesh. We will identify the endangered species and threatened habitats and will take conservation actions. Also, we will develop a pictorial field guide with the distributional atlas, species description and identification keys. Along with the field guide, we will develop a database with photographs, species description, population status, and distribution atlas. We will also develop an archive section with the copies of the previously published articles and thesis papers on Bangladeshi Odonata. We will engage the non-scientists photographers and naturalists in Odonatological research through the web portal. The naturalists from all over the country will be able to share their gathered information of dragonflies through the web portal. Finally, we will organize basic training for the local people from different regions of Bangladesh to develop them as ecoguardian to protect the threatened habitat and endangered species.
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