Sunday, August 29, 2004

Protect bio-diversity, wildlife:Tariqul says at seminar

BSS, Dhaka

Animal lovers will now have an opportunity to see 44 wild animals, the new arrivals, in three zoos and one natural park.

The animals, including two pairs of Royal Bengal Tigers and Indian lions, were handed over to Dulhazara Safari Park and others to the authorities of Chittagong, Comilla and Khulna zoos.

Environment and Forests Minister Tariqul Islam handed over the animals to the zoo authorities in the city yesterday.

Addressing a seminar on the occasion, Tariqul stressed greater awareness among the people to keep environment free from pollution to protect the bio-diversity and wildlife.

"If the present trend of environment pollution continues with the use of polybags, two-stroke vehicles, deforestation and other ways, it will create a detrimental consequence for the bio-diversity and as well as the flora and fauna," he said.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abullah Al Noman and State Minister for Environment and Forests Jafrul Islam Chowdhury also addressed the function as special guests.

Tariqul said Bangladesh was committed to protect the bio-diversity and signed the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) along with other countries of the world in 1994. CBD is one of the three main outcomes of the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, he said.

He, however, criticised the developed countries for not providing adequate support to the developing countries to protect their nature and bio-diversity.

"Developed countries are largely responsible for depletion of ozone layer and pollution of environment through dumping of wastes in the developing countries," he said.

He referred to the government's efforts to protect the bio-diversity and said a Taka 400 crore project was undertaken to protect the Sunderbans, the largest mangrove forests of the world, in south-western Bangladesh.

Noman described development and environment as inextricably linked with each other and urged all to put in their best efforts towards protecting environment for sustainable development.

He called for concerted efforts among the upper riparian countries to protect environment as he said Bangladesh as the lower riparian country was bearing the brunt of all natural disasters.

With Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Begum Rokeya Sultana in the chair, Curator of the Dhaka Zoo M Mofizur Rahman also spoke.

Prof Dr M Muzaffar Hossain of Bangladesh Agricultural University and chief scientist of Dhaka Zoo Dr Syed Ali Ahsan presented the key-note papers.

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