Massive campaign launched to enhance forest coverage: Manju
22 March 2015, Nirapad News: Forest and Environment Minister Anwar Hossain Manju said the government has launched massive campaign to enhance forest coverage for protecting biodiversity aiming to fight climate change impact.
“We are implementing a number of projects to protect and expand forest resources across the country to maintain environmental balance as well as to avoid negative impact of global climate change,” he told a seminar at Ban Bhaban in the city’s Agargaon area on the occasion of International Forest Day.
Chairman of Palli Sanchay Bank Dr Mihir Kanti Mujumder, Chief Conservator of Department of Forest Yunus Ali and senior officials, among others, addressed the seminar with Forest and Environment Secretary Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed in the chair.
Chairman of Department of Development Studies of Dhaka University Dr Niaz Ahmed Khan presented the keynote paper at the seminar.
Manju said the government has initiated social forestry programmes to give livelihood supports to rural people as well as to maintain ecological balance.
He urged officials of forest department to motivate people to supplement the government’s efforts for expansion of social forestry.
Forestry has huge economic and environmental benefit, other speakers said adding the total forest area in the country is estimated at 2.18 million hectare, which makes up 17 percent surface land. The country needs to enhance forest coverage up to 25 percent for ensuring its sustainable development, he added.