The government has made a plan to increase the forest coverage in the county to 24 per cent of its total area by 2025, minister for environment, forest and climate change M Shahab Uddin said on Saturday.
Shahab also said that 22.37 per cent area of Bangladesh was covered with forest till January 2020.
He made these statements while addressing a discussion on International Day of Forests as the chief guest at the forest department in the capital.
‘To reach the target, the government was planting trees in the abandoned lands and was involving more people under the social forestry project,’ Shahab said.
Two thousand square kilometres of the newly-emerged islands had been covered with trees, he claimed.
The government, he said, distributed Tk 356.82 crore among 1,68,564 beneficiaries of the social forestry programmes.
On Saturday, the minister also handed over cheques of Tk 20 lakh to the seven such beneficiaries.
He said, ‘The government was also developing a forest investment plan for developing a sustainable forest management system.’
He also added that 48 forests in the country had been declared reserve forests.
Deputy minister for environment and forest Habibun Nahar, the forest ministry’s secretary Ziaul Hasan, BRAC University emeritus professor Inun Nishat, among others, were present at the programme.
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