Wednesday, 29 September, 2021

International Tiger Day Observed

‘Ensure safe habitat for tigers in Sundarbans’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Habibun Nahar on Thursday said the government is committed to conserving the Bengal tigers.

“All necessary steps will be taken to ensure safe habitat for the protector of the Sundarbans,” she said.

The Deputy Environment Minister said this while addressing a webinar organised by the Forest Department on the occasion of International Tiger Day-2021. The theme of the day was “Tiger saves the Sundarbans and the Sundarbans saves millions of lives”.

The minister said, “The number of tigers in the Sundarbans has increased due to less human encroachment during the period of Covid-19. The world heritage Sundarbans and the national animal tiger will not be allowed to be endangered in any way.”

She mentioned various initiatives taken by the government for the conservation of tigers.

She said the protected area for conservation of tigers in the Sundarbans would be further increased. 

“Smart patrolling is being conducted in the Sundarbans with the help of GPS to stopping poaching of tigers. The Forest Department is using drones to conduct monitoring activities to protect forests and wildlife in the Sundarbans.

“Necessary number of freshwater ponds has been dug for the sake of wildlife.  The government is working to double the number of tigers, which now stands at 114.”

Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary Iqbal Abdullah Harun and Chairman of Nature and Life Foundation Muqeed Majumder Babu were present as special guests at the event which was presided over by the Chief Conservator of Forests Md. Amir Hossain Chowdhury.

Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Md. Jahidul Kabir, Professor of Zoology Department of Jahangirnagar University Mohammed Mostafa Feeroz, Forest Conservator Mollah Rezaul Karim and Divisional Forest Officer Dr. Abu Naser Mohsin Hossain also spoke on the occasion.