Transparency International Bangladesh on Monday demanded stronger implementation of law to resist illegal production, marketing and usage of plastic to prevent environment pollution.
In a press statement, the organisation placed an eight-point demand including ensuring of exemplary punishment for violating law, planning and implementation of community based waste management system, taking initiatives in government and non-government sector to ensure recycling of plastic goods, inventing environment friendly alternatives to plastics, and practicing transparency in all climate fundrun activities.
Marking World Environment Day to be observed today, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, ‘Bangladesh is one of the most affected countries in the world due to climate change.’
Although Bangladesh was the first country in the world to impose a ban on usage of polythene in 2002, the country is not getting any benefit due to its poor implementation, he said.
Polythene was being used indiscriminately under the very nose of law enforcers and each year around three lakh tonnes of plastic waste were being dumped into water bodies and open places, he said.
TIB executive director said that stronger implementation of law was needed and exemplary punishment had to be ensured to prevent such pollution.
Iftekharuzzaman also urged the Bangladesh government to strengthen its diplomatic efforts to ensure the promised fund for the affected countries including Bangladesh due to climate change according to Paris Deal as well as expedite the process through transparency.
He also stressed on the need of increasing public participation in the funded programmes.
This year the theme of the World Environment day is, ‘Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it’.
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