Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin said the government is committed to the protection of forests, wildlife and forest lands.
As part of this, the government has taken initiative to prepare a list of endangered plant species in Bangladesh and to devise a strategic management system to protect native plant species and forest resources from the harmful effects of invasive foreign trees, he said.‘Red List of 1000 Plant Species in Bangladesh’ is being made through a project adopted by Bangladesh National Herbarium and IUCN Bangladesh with the financial support of Sustainable Forest and Livelihood (SUFAL) project of Bangladesh Forest Department.
The minister made the statement while addressing as the chief guest at the opening of a workshop titled “Developing Bangladesh National Red List of Plants and Developing Management Strategy of Invasive Alien Species of Plants in Selected Protected Areas” at the forest department on Wednesday.
Deputy minister of the ministry Habibun Nahar, Secretary Ziaul Hasan NDC, Additional Secretary Ahmad Shamim Al Razi, Director of Bangladesh National Herbarium Parimal Sing, Project Director of SUFAL Project Md Rakibul Hasan Mukul and Country Representative of IUCN Bangladesh, among others, spoke in the workshop.
Chief Conservator of Forests Md Amir Hosain Chowdhury presided over the function. The forest minister said if the preparation of Red List of 1000 Plant Species in Bangladesh is completed, we will be able to play a major role in plant and forest conservation.
“A total of 40 declared national parks and sanctuaries are playing an important role in conserving forests and wildlife,” he said.
A large number of exotic plant species planted by private enterprises for the expansion of afforestation have become endangered for the survival of native plants.The minister said that one of the major tasks of this project is to identify species of exotic plants and formulate 5 management plans for proper management of invasive plants. To this end, he called upon all to work together with the government for the protection of forest, wildlife and environment.