The Norwegian Ambassador, Ragne Birte Lund’s message at the conference: “Biodiversity - Present State, Problems and Prospects of its Conservation”, 8-10th of January 2011:
"The United Nations marked the year 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. Protecting the environment and pursuing sustainable development are two essential and interconnected concerns for our time.
"There is an urgent need to conserve the biodiversity in order to ensure the resource availability to the future generations. The wildlife is an anchor of the forest ecosystem and one of the crucial links to the future."
Governments have made commitments in multilateral and bilateral contexts. However, these global partnerships must be translated into action.
In response to this, the Royal Norwegian Government has undertaken many initiatives to assist in improving the biodiversity status of developing countries. Cooperation between universities and research institutions in Norway and corresponding institutions in developing countries, and efforts to promote increased South-South cooperation are part of these efforts. It also includes the project on ecology, behaviour and conservation of some wildlife in Bangladesh.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka appreciates the joint research venture between the Department of Biology, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway and the Department of Zoology, University of Chittagong (CU), Chittagong, Bangladesh. This cooperation has been established within the framework of the Norwegian Council of Universities’ Programme for Development Research and Education (NUFU) Cooperation for Development, Research and Education. It is
financed by NUFU and the Norwegian Government. I am confident that by working together under a joint initiative between Norway and Bangladesh which allows for sharing of knowledge, building capacities and exchanging best of practices will contribute to better protection of wildlife and habitats and make a real impact on the ground.
conference organised in collaboration between NTNU and CU on Biodiversity- Presents State, Problems and Prospects of its Conservation at Chittagong University, is accordingly very welcome. I am hopeful that the Chittagong Conference 2011 will come up with useful recommendations and arrive at conclusions, which might contribute to the revival of the wildlife and the rejuvenation of forest in this tropical region."