The parliamentary standing committee on environment, forest and climate change ministry on Sunday recommended for reviving forests in the country according to the Cadastral Survey and treating the killing of wildlife as non-bailable offence.
Following the 14th meeting, the committee chairman, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, told New Age that they recommended for amending the draft of the Forest Conservation Act 2020 to include the provisions for reviving forests in the country following the Cadastral Survey conducted during the British colonial period and evict the grabbers.
‘We also recommended for inclusion of a provision in the draft to treat the killing of any wildlife as a non-bailable offence. As present, only killing of tigers and elephants is treated as non-bailable offence. But we think all the wildlife should get equal importance for their conservation,’ Saber said.
‘We also recommended to extend closure period of all the national parks and sanctuaries till October to allow the green to revive as the forest department data show that the nature revived significantly during the holidays declared in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Restriction to access to the Sunderbans for a certain period of the year was also recommended for its revival,’ he added.
The committee, he said, recommended tabling the Clean Air Bill in the next parliament session to enact that as an act for controlling the air pollution.
Draft of the bill has already been prepared, he said.
The committee also recommended sending a request letter to the planning commission to incorporate green and sustainable development in the forthcoming eighth five-year plan as a move to go green in the post COVID-19 period.
Since prime minister Sheikh Hasina is the present chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, Saber said that the committee recommended for conducting a joint study of the environment ministry and energy ministry for assessing the possibilities of cent percent dependency on the renewable energy by the year of 2050 for strengthening the voice of the country in the next UN Conference of the Parties.
Both state minister for energy Nasrul Hamid and environment minister Md Shahab Uddin agreed with the proposal, Saber said.
Shahab Uddin said that the ministry agreed to all the recommendations and would take necessary steps.
‘We will review the draft of the forest conservation act for reviving forest and saving the wildlife,’ he said.
‘Initiatives would be taken for better waste management for conserving the nature,’ he said adding that clean air bill would be tabled in the next parliamentary session scheduled for September.
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