Manju for global effort to curb environmental degradation

DHAKA, June 5, 2017 (BSS) - Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Manju today laid emphasis on collective efforts from all nations in curbing environmental degradation and reducing carbon emission to reduce global warming.

"No nation can deal environmental degradation alone, we need to face it collectively with holistic and firm committed approach," he said while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar in the capital marking the World Environment Day 2017.

Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) organized the seminar titled "Connecting People to Nature" with its President AMM Saleh in the chair at KIB Auditorium at Khamar Bari in Farmgate here.

Forest and Environment Affairs Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League M Delwar Hossain spoke as the special guest while Convener of World Environment Day Celebration Committee Professor Dr M Shahidur Rashid Bhuiyan presented the keynote paper.

The minister said the environmental degradation is a comprehensive issue and all stakeholders related to nature need a coordinated effort to check it.

"The world environment has been changing in a fast pace. If we would like to survive, we have to adapt with this changing scenario," he said.

About the environmental hazards due to brick fields Monju said, "No doubt, we have to ban it but before doing it we should give them (users) an alternative to build houses."

Criticizing the trend of filling of ponds and water bodies across the country for housing and industries, he underlined the need for creating huge mass awareness about the importance of environment.

In his keynote paper, Professor Bhuiyan said many environment related projects were discontinued as community people were not involved in the programmes.

Future projects should be taken connecting people to the programmes for making these sustainable, he suggested.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)