Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the people to plant at least three trees to help keep ecological balance of the country asking the development planners to revise typical concept of environment conservation.
Hasina while inaugurating the World Environment Day celebration in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka also urged the planners to keep the consequences in mind before taking up the development schemes.
She said everyone should plant saplings of at least three trees – one fruit bearing, one timber and one herbal – every year. She also inaugurated the National Tree Fair-2019, Environment Fair-2019 and Tree Plantation Campaign at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
“Teach your children on how to plant trees and nurture them,” she added.
Hasina asked infrastructure planners to discard ideas like filling up canals and ponds coming out of their traditional mindset like constructing box culverts disrupting natural water flows on canals.
“We can construct roads on both sides of canals or build elevated road on the canals keeping those water bodies intact,” she said.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister for M. Shahab Uddin, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the ministry Saber Hossain Chowdhury and environment secretary Abdullah Al Mohshin Chowdhury spoke among others on the occasion.
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is “Air Pollution” while the theme of the National Tree Plantation Campaign is “Forest and Ecology in Education Building Modern Bangladesh”.
Hasina said the country must strike a balance between its development spree and environmental conservation saying the development activities would go on but protection of environment should have to be ensured as well.
Recalling the contribution of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in environment protection, Hasina said his post independence government first introduced Water Pollution Control Ordinance in 1973.
The Prime Minister said her government took very effective steps to reduce pollution alongside addressing adverse impact of the climate change through tree plantation and creating forest covers.
Referring to various measures in protecting the Surdarbans, she said, her government always puts special importance on maintaining ecological and natural balance of the world’s largest mangrove forest.
As part of her initiatives Sundarban’s conservation, the pirates there were forced to surrender in exchange of incentives while people in the neighbourhood were also offered alternative employment opportunities soothe do not over exploit the forest, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sagstha news agency.
Hasina handed National Environment Award-2019, Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation-2019″ among those who contributed to environmental and wildlife conservations in their respective areas and distributed “Prime Minister’s National Award-2018” among organisations and individuals in different categories for their contribution for tree plantation campaign.
She also handed over cheques among the beneficiaries of the social forestry programme.
The Prime Minister planted a Tamarind sapling at the BCCI compound marking the national tree plantation campaign.