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Bangladesh forests disappearing at “alarming rate”, says expert

June 04, 2012

CIFOR Forests Blog

 

Scientists are sounding the alarm bells in Bangladesh as forest loss reaches 90 percent, a figure that is set to jump to 100 percent if the country does not begin enforcing its environment policies. “If no changes occur, Bangladesh will have no forest left. It is already too late and hard to reverse, deforestation has reached an alarming rate in recent years,” said Syed Ajijur Rahman. 

 

“There are many good policies in Bangladesh but they are not being carried out. They need to be strengthened and better enforced.”
He provides the example of the private forest ordinance legislation, which was developed during the 1950s to provide financial support for smallholder tree growers. “But this has not yet been translated into action,” he said.

 

Rahman suggests that the Forestry Ministry arrange training programmes for different agroforestry types such as home types, where people plant and tend to trees around the home. “Home types are good because different types of plants – trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants – can be grown in or adjacent to a home compound,” Rahman said. Rahman suggests that the Forestry Ministry arrange training programmes for different agroforestry types such as home types, where people plant and tend to trees around the home. “Home types are good because different types of plants – trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants – can be grown in or adjacent to a home compound,” Rahman said.

 

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Keywords: agroforestry, Asia, Bangladesh, deforestation, forest cover, home gardens

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