Dhaka has requested Delhi to introduce four-nation green tourism utilizing the longest coastal belts shared amongst Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives. The proposal of Bangladesh came during a discussion about the outcome of a blue economy at the Indo- Bangla energy secretary level meeting recently. Bangladesh energy and mineral resources division secretary Md. Nazimuddin Chowdhury and Indian petroleum and natural gas secretary KD Tripathi led their respective delegations.
During the meeting, Nazimuddin requested his Indian counterpart to introduce sea cruise tourism as Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives would benefit from it through waterfront development. They also discussed exchange programs for human resources and skills development in the field of green tourism. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean region in the fields of blue economy and maritime cooperation on June 6, 2015, which will be in force for a duration of five years. It is expected that a blue economy cell will continue its function as the prime mover in future development in food security, energy, fishing, tourism, shipbuilding, etc., from our sea resources through collaboration with India.
Bangladesh sought Indian support for maximum output from the blue economy by sustainably managing and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems in collaboration to avoid significant adverse impacts in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans. Data sharing on hydrological variables and monitoring sea level rise due to global climate change, as well as sea level rise and climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, will help all parties involved. Besides, it will effectively help regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and destructive fishing practices. During the meeting, Bangladesh and Indian secretaries also discussed hydrocarbon exploration in the Bay, fuel pipelines, installation of LNG terminal by Indian firms, etc.