US keen to enhance opportunities in CHT

Staff Correspondent

7 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The US government is committed to work with Bangladesh to enhance economic opportunities and promote conservation of the unique natural resources in the Chattogram Hill Tracts.

Bangladesh Mission Director of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Derrick S Brown reiterated the commitment during a recent visit to Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) recently.

As part of US Embassy Dhaka’s bilateral engagement with Bangladesh, Derrick S Brown visited key USAID development programs and met with residents, local government officials and community leaders, said a US embassy in Dhaka press release.

Bangladesh Mission Director reviewed USAID’s work with local communities to build resilient livelihoods and community-based forest management systems that sustain biodiversity and the region’s water supply and improve incomes.

Through its CHT Watershed Co-Management Activity, USAID will foster an integrated ecosystem management approach through another $6 million in grant funding until August 2023 in addition to the ongoing support of $8 million.

USAID has also partnered with the Bangladesh Forest Department and local communities to plant 1,445 hectares of trees in reserve forest areas, said the release.