Published:  05:53 PM, 25 February 2018

Sundarbans getting back trees: Minister

Sundarbans getting back trees: Minister
The number of different species of trees like Sundari, Gewya and Garan is on the rise in the Sundarbans following the ban on cutting down trees in the world's largest mangrove forest, said Environment and Forest Minister Anisul Islam Mahmudon Sundayin Parliament.

"Since felling trees remains halted in the Sundarbands, the number of Sundari, Gewya, Garan and other trees is increasing and it playing an important role in protecting the environmental equilibrium," he said replying to a tabled starred question from Awami League MP Sheikh Md Nurul Haque (Khulna-6).

Aiming to protecting the country's biodiversity, felling trees in the reserved natural forests remains banned from January 1, 2016 to31 December 2022, the minister said.

Some 6,017 square kilometers areas of the Sundarbans are located in Bangladesh, he added.

In reply to another starred question from the ruling party MP Pinu Khan (Women Seat-23), the minister said the Forest Department created block gardens on 33,889 hectares of land, while strip gardens on 5,433 hectares in the last four years.

Besides, some 1.20 crore saplings were planted in other places in the last four years, Anisul said adding that the total amount of cost for creating gardens was Tk 290.14 crore.

Responding to an unstarred (written) question from Awami League MP Ummey Razia Kajol (Women Seat-43), the minister said the government did not get any climate fund from abroad in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

But the government allocated Tk 100 crore for the Climate Change Trust Fund from the government revenue budget in the last fiscal year, Anisul said.

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