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Bangladesh Forest Department and UNDP Bangladesh jointly took part at the International Day of Forests on 21 March, promoting this year’s theme “Forests and Sustainable Cities”.

The UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme / UNDP, in partnership with the Forest Department organized different activities to celebrate the day and to raise awareness on green cities.

More people live in cities than ever before and by 2050, 6 billion people or as much as 70% of the global population is expected to live in urban areas. But rapid urbanization does not need to result in polluted urban sprawl. Trees and urban forests can make our cities greener, healthier and happier places to live by cooling down the air, filtering out harmful pollutants and mitigating the effects of climate change.

Mr. Anisul Islam Mahmud, Minister to the Ministry of Environment and Forests participated at the discussion meeting as a chief guest on the day while Mr. Mohammed Shafiul Alam Chowdhury, Chief Conservator of Forests presided over the meeting.

He said, “Bangladesh government is trying to reduce impacts from climate change through various supporting initiatives. Bangladesh Forest Department is also in full support to achieve this goal by executing activities to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in Bangladesh.

 

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Photo: Mr. Anisul Islam Mahmud, Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forests addressing at the programme

As part of this year’s celebration of the International Day of Forests, a series of events were organized at local and national level in Bangladesh by UNDP. The events included discussion meetings, colorful rallies, hoisting balloons, posters and festoons, etc.

The United Nations General Assembly Declared 21 March as International Day for Forests in 2012. The United Nations and the Government of Bangladesh have recognized the importance of forest that reflected in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) and its seventh celebration of the 5-year Programme in Bangladesh. Both development strategies have emphasized on sustainable forest management, reducing deforestation and forest degradation in Bangladesh. 

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