Tuesday 27, September 2022
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Forest minister urges not to cut down any trees

News Desk: Environment, forest and climate change minister Md Shahab Uddin at a discussion on Sunday urged all not to cut down any trees in the forest till 2030.

The forest department organised the event at its headquarters marking the closing of a month-long National Tree Fair 2022 held across the country, said a press release.

Shahab Uddin said that Bangladesh had 14.2 per cent forest coverage while it needed 25 per cent to achieve the SDG goal related to the forestry by 2030.

‘By planting trees with the participation of all, it will be possible to achieve the SDG target of increasing the country’s forest cover to 16 per cent and the country’s tree coverage to 25 per cent by the year 2030,’ he hoped.

He said that from financial year 2009-2010 to 2020-21, 1,63,378 hectares of block garden with mangrove, 26,453 seedlings for strip gardens and 10 crore and 59 lakh saplings had been distributed and planted out.

Shahab Uddin said that more than 16 lakh 30 thousand saplings were sold at the fair organised in the field of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.

Deputy minister of the ministry Habibun Nahar and secretary Farhina Ahmed, additional secretary Iqbal Abdullah Harun and chief conservator of forest Md Amir Hossain Chowdhury spoke at the event, among others.

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