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‘Govt working to plant more trees’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 21 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Govt working to plant more trees’

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Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Habibun Nahar on Saturday said the government is moving to plant more trees to check temperature amid the global warming.

“The government is planting trees to contain climate change,” she said.

 Habibun Nahar made the statement while addressing a seminar at a city hotel in the capital. Fit Foundation organised the event on global cooling to combat the greenhouse effect created by carbon emission, especially from the developed countries.

She said the developed countries are not taking responsibility for global warming despite their donation to the climate fund.

Highlighting the government’s role in mitigating the carbon emission, Nahar said every country must have at least 25 percent forest.

Bangladesh has now 22 percent tree cover which can be increased to 25 percent, she said.  

Stressing the need for planting trees, the deputy minister said one must plant at least two saplings after cutting down a tree. Bangladesh is planting 30 million saplings in 2021, and going to launch Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan named after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to guide the development trajectory of the country into a strategic low-carbon pathway.

Habibun Nahar also said Bangladesh has been appreciated at the recently concluded COP26 summit due to bold leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Planning Minister MA Mannan was present at the programme as the chief guest while Habibun Nahar as special guest. Members of Parliament Mohammad Ebadul Karim and Kajim Uddin Ahmed were guests of honour on the occasion.

Indian researchers Sanjib Dutta Roy and Soumik Dutta Roy presented key paper while Fits Foundation Chairman Dr Md Golam Mostofa made the address of welcome.

The deputy minister urged all to contribute to global cooling by planting more trees.

Sanjib Dutta Roy, former senior general manager at Power Grid Corporation of India, said the study may lead to a paradigm shift in global warming concept to make impact on sustainable development for humanity.