Bangladesh has been selected for the “Global Green Award 2014,” Environment and Forests Minister Hasan Mahmud announced at a press briefing at the Secretariat yesterday.
He said Paris-based Otherways Management Association had decided to provide the award to the environment and forests ministry of Bangladesh for its outstanding contribution to the sustainable development of environment.
The award would be handed over at a function in Berlin on March 31, he said.
He informed that the country’s forest area had increased to 13.2% from 9.5% in last five years of the present government.
On average, about 12 crore saplings were produced each year during 2010-13. The minister said the government had established Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park on 4,000 acres in Gazipur at a cost of Tk220 crore. He also termed this park better than many parks in other countries.
The share of the poor has been increased to 75% from 40% under the government’s social afforestation programme, he added.