Bangladesh extends ban on cutting forest trees to 2022

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A view of the Sundarbans - the world's largest mangrove forest. Photo Business Mail

The government today approved continuing with the ban on cutting trees in the country’s reserved and natural forests until 2022.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests had proposed for the extension at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Bangladesh Secretariat, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

“The extension aims at protecting the country’s biodiversity,” Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told a press briefing after the meeting.

The Cabinet also approved in principle a draft of “Meteorology Affairs Bill, 2016” for enacting a meteorology-related law, considering the present circumstances and global perspective.

Currently, there is no such law in Bangladesh and the meteorology-related operations are now being carried out through administrative orders.

The proposed law has a provision to set up weather observation network, related establishments and their maintenance, and directives for making observation on quality.

“Besides, it has a link with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Since there was no such law in the country, the new law has been proposed considering the present circumstances,” said the Cabinet secretary.

The existing Bangladesh Meteorological Department, its Director General besides its officials and employees and management will get a legal shape.

Shafiul said the draft law also highlighted the devices to be used for forecasting and alerting people as well as making weather observations and national earthquake network establishment.

Besides, the Cabinet approved the proposal for ratification of the Paris Agreement adopted in the COP21 in Paris in 2015.

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