Published:  03:00 AM, 09 May 2021

'Habitat of migratory birds must be protected'

'Habitat of migratory birds must be protected'

The habitat of migratory birds must be protected as they play a unique role in protecting environment, said Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Shahabuddin.He was addressing on Saturday an online discussion organized by the Forest Department on the occasion of World Migratory Birds Day-2021, with the theme 'Sing, Fly, Soar- Like a bird!'. The minister joined the program virtually from his residence.

Shahab Uddin said, "Every year in winter, different species of migratory birds come from far away Siberia and Europe to enrich our nature and biodiversity. As a result of effective measures taken by the government to conserve these migratory birds, bird killing has come down." Expressing fire commitment to protect the habitat of migratory birds, the minister said, "I want everyone's cooperation to stop the killing of birds completely."

Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Begum Habibun Nahar, Secretary Ziaul Hasan NDC were present as special guests at the discussion meeting chaired by Chief Conservator of  Forests Md. Amir Hossain Chowdhury.  Mukit Majumder Babu, Chairman of Nature and Life Foundation, Inam Al Haq, Founder of Bangladesh Bird Club and President of Bangladesh Biodiversity Conservation Federation Dr. SM Iqbal were also present.

Referring to various initiatives taken by the government for the conservation of birds, the Environment Minister said that out of about 710 species of birds including resident and migratory birds in Bangladesh, 650 species of birds have been included in the schedule of Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act.  Provision has been made for imprisonment for a maximum of 1 year or a fine of up to tk. 1 (one) lakh for hunting / killing migratory birds.  

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