FE ONLINE REPORT |
Nov. 28, 2021, 8:11 p.m.
Nov. 29, 2021, 10:18 a.m.
Environmental organizations have criticized the Forestry Department for playing a dysfunctional role in stopping the killing of wild animals. The organizations have filed an eight-point request to save forest and wildlife animals, including elephants.
They presented demands for a one-day sit-in and a cultural protest program organized on Sunday in front of the Bon Bhaban (office of the Forestry Department) in the Agargaon region in Dhaka.
A total of 33 environmental organizations took part in the movement under the banner “Bangladesh Nature Conservation Alliance (BNCA)”. Many other people also expressed their solidarity with the movement.
The united platform launched the movement to protest against the failure of the authorities concerned as well as the Forestry Department to stop deforestation and the killing of wild animals.
During the day-long program, various events including human chains, songs, recitations, drama and elephant painting were held in front of the office to express distrust of the department and also to raise awareness. the public to wildlife conservation.
However, a BNCA delegation submitted the motion of censure to the Forestry Department during the program. Starting around 9:00 a.m., the full-day program ended around 5:00 p.m. with a painting exhibition.
Prof Kamruzzaman Majumder, BNCA President and Bangladesh Co-Secretary Paribesh Andolan (BAPA), chaired the program, while journalist Kefayet Shakil and Shams Sumon, founding president of Nongar Bangladesh, moderated it.
The Bangladesh Nature Conservation Alliance’s (BNCA) eight-point request includes the formation of an investigative body by experts to investigate incidents of elephant killings and punish those responsible after they have been killed. identified; elephant habitat must be restored by evicting occupants from the elephant corridor; formation of a neutral national commission with those concerned to protect the country’s forests and wildlife; more allocation of forest land for new development projects; all existing laws relating to forests and wildlife should be amended to incorporate provisions relating to the responsibilities and duties of the forest department and to ensure the accountability of forest officers; adopting a forest policy that will play a key role in stopping commercial establishments in the forest; every wildlife crime should be investigated neutrally and the role of the forestry department should be made clear to all; and take effective action to implement SDGs-14 and 15.
In his presidential address, Dr Kamruzzaman Majumder said: “We are concerned about the recent incidents of wildlife slaughter and deforestation. We called on the Forestry Department to make our demands a reality for the benefit of the country.
Forest ranger (administration and finance) Hossain Mohammad Nishad also expressed solidarity with the program. He said, “We will take the necessary measures. We will further increase our efforts in forest and wildlife conservation. We will work together to raise awareness.
Sharif Jamil, Secretary General of BAPA, Mohammad Ejaj, President of the River & Delta Research Center, Prof Dr Kabirul Bashar of Jahangirnagar University, Yeasir Yeamin of BanglaVision, Abdul Wahab, consultant of the Asian Development Bank, Muhammad Anowarul Hoque, Secretary General of Save Our Sea, Md Akhtarujjaman, Executive Director of Nature Loving People (NLP), Saidul Islam, Founder of Youth Platform for Sustainable Development (YPSD), Ibnul Said Rana, President of Nirapad Development Foundation, Nabil Ahmed, President of Green Fighting Movement, Noyon Sarker, Nilufar Yeasmin Rupa and Ashraful Alam Ujjal also spoke on this occasion, among others.