Dhaka, Bangladesh
Govt working for 20pc forestation by 2020

Govt working for 20pc forestation by 2020

News Report Environment and Forest Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud has said that the government is working to bring 20 per cent of the country's total land area under forestation by 2020. The minister said this while speaking at the inaugural function of a workshop titled 'Sustainable Development Goal-15' at the Forest Department auditorium in the city. Secretary-in-Charge Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury chaired the workshop organised by Ministry of Environment and Forest. Bangladesh is at higher risk than other countries due to its geographical position. Any country should have forest covering 20 per cent of its total land area. But Bangladesh has only 11 to 12 per cent forest, the minister said. So, we have to work together attaching importance to forestation to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he added. Deputy Minister for Environment and Forest Abdullah Al Islam Jakob spoke at the workshop as the special guest while Forest Department's Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Zahir Uddin Ahmed presented a keynote paper. In his keynote paper, Zahir Uddin Ahmed said the existing 13 per cent forest area will be expanded up to 20 per cent by 2020 while the work of wetland protection would be increased by 15 per cent. Chief Conservator of Forests Mohammed Shafiul Alam Chowdhury and Director General of Department of Environment Dr Sultan Ahmed were present in the workshop, among others.

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