Govt working to build green economy

Says environment minister

Staff Correspondent

18 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin on Thursday said the government is working to prevent forest degradation, soil erosion and clumsy interference with environment and to address unavailability water and conserve fertile land in order to build a green economy and sustainable future.

Initiatives have been taken to use modern methods instead of traditional methods in brick kilns in order to stop land degradation, the environment minister said while delivering a speech as the chief guest at a virtual seminar on the occasion of “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2021” at the Department of Environment. This year the theme of the day is “Turning Degraded Land into Healthy Land”.

The minister said various effective steps are being implemented to get rid of land degradation by 2030 as a signatory to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

“We planted 8.5 crore trees last year and will plant 8 crore more this year. If a tree is cut down, five more trees will be planted. These measures will help prevent soil erosion and desertification,” he said.

He said Bangladesh is one of the important partners in implementing a land degradation-neutral world achievement programme in line with sustainable development goals.

“Increasing agricultural production by preventing desertification and soil erosion will increase food security and rural employment opportunities, which will help increase the income of farmers. These activities are also helpful in restoring biodiversity and mitigating the effects of climate change,” he said.

Speaking as the special guest, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ziaul Hasan said the government is implementing “National Action Programme for Combating Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought 2015-2024” in a bid to conserve the environment.

Director General of the Department of Environment Md Ashraf Uddin chaired the event.

Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Habibun Nahar was present as the special guest while former secretary Professor Dr. Zahurul Karim, Dean of Graduate Studies of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Professor Dr. Alok Kumar Pal and Additional Director General of Department of Environment Md Humayun Kabir, among others, spoke at the programme.