Tuesday 27, September 2022
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One lakh 92 thou hect land will be planted, restored: Minister

Time News Desk: The Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin said that approximately Fifty-Two Thousand hectares of mangrove plantation will be raised and One Lakh Forty Thousand hectares of areas will be restored in hill and Sal forests area within 2025, says a press release.

To achieve the target of 16 percent forest area by 2030, about Thirty-One Thousand hectares of block plantation and about Twenty-Four Thousand hectares of Mangrove plantation were developed from 2016 to 2020. To this end, afforestation, reforestation, restoration, and biodiversity conservation through co-management and collaborative forest management practices involving the poor and forest-dependent people are ongoing. In recent COP 26, Bangladesh signed Glasgow declaration on forestry and land use to halt deforestation and increase afforestation and reforestation like other 141 countries.

The Environment Minister said this today in the parallel session 2 of Second National Conference on SDG Implementation Progress Review 2022 organized by the General Economics Division of Planning Commission and Governance Innovation Unit, Prime Minister’s Office in the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre, Sher E Bangla Nagar.

The Environment Minister said the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is entrusted with overwhelmed SDG tasks, which is quite multi-dimensional, multi-sectorial and multi-functional in nature. The ministry, in the recent past, has implemented enabling activities and policy interventions for addressing global pressing environmental issues on ecosystems, biodiversity, and climate change and land degradation. The recent development in the legal regime will help achieving SDG targets 11, 13, 14 and 15.

Shahab Uddin said we have prepared the National Action Plan to reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants. Moreover, 4.2 million improved cook stoves have been installed in 64 districts to reduce indoor air pollution. We have circulated the Gazette Notification to ensure the use of block bricks in all government construction by 2025. To prevent industrial water pollution, currently Effluent Treatment Plant coverage of industries is 82.09 percent. We have taken strong initiatives to remove the hazardous chemicals from our soil. DDT stockpile will be phased out by the end of 2022. Moreover, Polychlorinated Biphenyls from old transformer will be phased out by December 2022.

Forest Minister said to achieve the SDG target, Three Dolphin Sanctuaries and One Wildlife Sanctuary were declared in 2020, and One National Park and 1 Marine Protected Area has been declared in 2021. To improve conservation of critical landscape, we have taken tremendous development interventions, among others: Eco-restoration in the Northern Region of Bangladesh; Sustainable Development through Social Forestry at Greater Rangpur District, Ecosystem restoration in drought prone Barind Tract and Haor Wetland Area.

As a special guest State Minister, Ministry of Water Resources Zaheed Farooque and as a discussant Executive Director, Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development Dr. Mustafa K. Mujeri delivered speech in the occasion. Secretary, Planning Division Pradip Ranjan Chakraborty moderated the session. Senior Secretary of Water Resources Ministry Kabir Bin Anwar, Secretary of Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Md Kamrul Hasan ndc, Additional Secretary Md. Mizanul Hoque chowdhury and Joint secretary Zakia Afroz of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change also spoke among others. The Specialists and representatives of different ministries also discussed and gave their opinion.

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