Being a volunteer of WNCSB has heightened my awareness of the natural beauty of Bangladesh. This delicate balance has opened my eye to how fragile our environment actually is. On one hand I am promoting tours throughout Bangladesh, especially in the Sundarban and Lawachhara forest. In organizing our tours, we offer an eco friendly approach however it is impossible to monitor the tourists every move and their obtrusive activities on the environment. This face caused me to consider how to make natural world more attractive for tourist. If they are able to see the absolute beauty of nature they would come to have a deeper respect for all the natural surroundings. They would soon realize the value of the ground under their feet and act to be a trekker with a heart. With every step they will see treasures, hears the sounds of the forest and observe the hulluk gibbon making their home without human disturbances.
This thinking has shown how we can assist the ordinary tourist to become an eco-minded visitor. It has always been our plan to build a house close to nature, so that traveler can see the country in its complete beauty.
With this in mind, the president of Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society of Bangladesh (WNCSB) has supported in building a thatched roof house inside forest. Usually, there is no opportunity of building anything inside the forest because all forests in Bangladesh are government property .
Instead, I have followed the agro social model and built on private farm land within the tea garden in semi-forested land. This land is owned by former Tea-laborers who now run their own lemon and pineapple gardens. This is a unique place for nature lovers. If you wish, you are able to join with farm worker in cutting grasses, catching a fish or planting trees. In the new moon, you can see how fire flies making the dark of night glow with beauty. During the full moon, your path is lit from Mother Nature.
This is an invaluable resort enabling tourists the opportunity to see un spoilt nature as God intended.
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Founder of Shanti Bari
eco-tour promoter & Green Education campaigner
research officer at WNCSB