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We should work together to conserve biodiversity & ecosystems of our country. – Minister for Environment in a workshop on International Day for Biological Diversity    

Staff Reporter: Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin said the government has taken various conservation efforts and measures to save ecosystem and biodiversity of the country along with the only coral island Saint Martin. He urged all govt agencies and every citizen to work together to halt the destruction in all ecosystems. He also requested to work together to establish the dream country, Sonar Bangla or Golden Bengal of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, with restoration of our rich biodiversity, ecosystems and the bounty of diverse nature all over the country.

The Minister said this as the chief guest joining virtually from his official residence in a consultation Workshop on Ecosystem Restoration of the Saint Martin Island and other Critical Ecosystems in Bangladesh on the 22 May 2021 organized on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity with the slogan “We’re part of the solution #ForNature”.

Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ziaul Hasan NDC chaired the occasion.  Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Begum Habibun Nahar were present as the special guest. Additional Secretary Development A. Shamim Al Razi, Director General (RC) of Department of Environment Md Moniruzzaman, Chief Conservator of Forest Md. Amir Hossain Chowdhury spoke among others. Video messages of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity wrer also presented. Many representatives from govt and non govt organizations delivered their speeches on the occasion.

The Environment minister said, the UN has declared 2021 to 2030 as the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. The disasters, pandemics and extreme events are the results of the ecological footprints made by the human being over the decades of development and economic growth without taking due care to environmental sustainability. Now, it is the time of humanity to reverse the situation and stop injustice to nature. The slogan of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity, “We’re part of the solution #ForNature”, dictates us that if we don’t act on restoration and halt further destruction of ecosystems, human civilization will be jeopardized.

The minister mentioned many govt initiatives to conserve biodiversity and said a few days back our National Committee on Biodiversity took the decision to conserve the Halda River as the Biodiversity Heritage. Towards conservation of Biodiversity, Bangladesh has declared more than 5 percent of total terrestrial area and Inland Wetlands as the Protected Area and Ecologically Critical Area. About 5 percent of the Bay-of-Bengal has been declared as marine protected area. We have taken efforts to conserve globally threatened species like, Bengal Tiger. Species conservation and recovery activities have also been taken for Batagur buska, Salt water Crocodile, Vulture, Gharial and Ganges River Dolphin. We have established gene banks to preserve the precious agro-biodiversity of the Country.

He said Bangladesh is one of the few countries that enacted Bangladesh Biological Diversity Act 2017 to implement the objectives of United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The country has adopted National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2021 in line with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The country is implementing SDG Action plan to achieve the targets under SDG 12, 14, and 15 towards conservation of Biodiversity and ensuring sustainable use. We have taken a number of development projects for restoration of ecosystems and conservation of biodiversity.

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