File photo of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Md Shahab Uddin Collected

The world must take united efforts to prevent global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin says

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on Wednesday said the government has set a target to increase the country’s green coverage to 24% by 2025.

“At least 25% forest coverage is necessary to maintain ecological balance of a country. As a result of afforestation programs, including social forestry and tree plantation, the tree-covered area of the country stands at 22.38% now. The government has taken a challenge to make it 24% by 2025,” he said.

The environment minister was speaking at a virtual dialogue from his official residence in Dhaka, a ministry press release said.

Youthnet for Climate Justice and Paribesh o Haor Unnayan Sangstha jointly arranged the virtual dialogue titled, “Road to Glasgow: Restoring Our Earth and Climate Protection” marking the World Earth Day 2021.

Speaking as the chief guest, Shahab Uddin said the Forest Department is working massively to meet the country’s demand of forest resources, conserve wildlife and biodiversity and enhance the socioeconomic condition of rural people though social forestation.

As a result, he said, a mark success has been achieved in afforestation programs, coastal afforestation and climate change adaptation, social afforestation and women empowerment.

He said the government has taken various initiatives to ensure the visible improvement of Bangladesh’s environment and deal with the adverse impacts of climate change, which has been recognized globally.

Noting that the present government is working relentlessly to check environmental pollution, the minister said the world must take united efforts to prevent global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Shahab Uddin said this is the high time for the world community to take initiatives aiming to build a safer world for the future generations.

Chaired by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Riaz Hamidullah, Additional Secretary (Environment Division) of the ministry Md Moniruzzaman, Action Aid Bangladesh Country Director Farah Kabir, gender and human rights activist Shipa Hafiza and Paribesh o Haor Unnayan Sangstha President Kasmir Reza.

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