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12:00 AM, June 21, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 21, 2008

Hydrographic Day today

The 3rd World Hydrographic Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere across the globe.
The theme of the day this year is 'Importance of capacity building within international hydrographic community', says an ISPR release.
Following the declaration of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the agenda of oceans and the law of the sea, the day is being observed since 2006.
The day is marked with an aim to give suitable publicity to hydrographic works, increase the coverage of information on a global basis and also to call on all states in order to promote safe navigation at sea.
Like other International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) member states, the National Hydrographic Committee (NHC) and other hydrographic organisations of the country will observe the day.
Hydrography is the applied branch of science, which is primarily applied for ensuring safe navigational passages through oceans, seas and rivers.
Bangladesh is a littoral country with around 250 rivers, coming from upstream, enter the Bay of Bengal. The country is having about 20,000 km waterways and beyond that a vast sea area. More than 90 percent of the country's export/import are sea-based.
Therefore, it is imperative to assure the safe sea lines of communication and inland waterways. Being the largest delta in the world, the country's coastal belt is highly unstable.
The government is giving due priority to keep its coastal belt and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) safe for navigation. It has formed the NHC to establish highest coordination and cooperation among different maritime organisations and agencies of the country.
Bangladesh is the 70th member state of IHO. Being member of the IHO, the country enjoys a good bilateral relationship with France, India, Japan, Italy, Pakistan, the US, the UK and other member countries of IHO for the development of hydrographic activities.

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