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Experts for raising mass awareness on environmental conservation

DHAKA, June 06, 2017 (BSS) - Environmental experts, foreign envoys, NGO representatives and media personalities today called all stakeholders for taking initiatives to raise mass awareness and promote local action on environmental conservation.

They made the call while taking part in an interactive discussion titled 'Connecting People to Nature: Promoting Local Environmental Actions'.

The Canadian High Commission in Dhaka in collaboration with UNDP Bangladesh organised the event on the high commission premises, marking the 'World Environment Day 2017.

Taking part in the discussion the Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka BenoOt-Pierre Laram,e expressed Canada's commitment towards the Paris Agreement saying "The momentum around the Paris Agreement and climate action is unstoppable".

"Canadians see the very real impacts of climate change and understand the need to take action to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations," he added.

Focusing on Canada's leadership role of climate change issue, he said Canada would continue to take such role in tackling climate change and growing a cleaner economy.

"In this connection, he said Canada, China and the European Union will co-host a ministerial meeting in September to move forward on the Paris Agreement and green growth. As G7 host in 2018, it will have a focus on climate change and clean energy," he added.

UNDP Deputy Director Kyoko Yokosuka said all the local action for conservation of environment or addressing of climate change should be properly recognised by the state and society.

The local people should be involved from planning to implementation for all kinds of environmental conservation, she said, adding "There should be delicate balance between development and conservation".

She said over the years, World Environment Day has grown to be one of the largest global platforms for public outreach on the environment, celebrated by over a million people in over 100 countries.

During the event, the local organisations working on environmental

conservation shared their experience, success and lessons. The discussion focused on the challenges, opportunities, lessons learned and successes of the actions taken at local level that contribute to conserve the environment and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

World Environment Day, conceived in 1972, is the United Nations' principal day to mark global green issues and aims to give a human face to environmental problems and solutions.

The theme of this year is 'connecting people to nature'.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)