The British Council on Thursday took up a project titled “Mangrove Forest Rehabilitation,” in order to protect the natural ecosystem of Bangladesh.
This project to plant indigenous trees at Kutubdia island of Cox’s Bazar is a part of British Council’s environmental policy of managing cultural relations work in a sustainable manner across their platform and programs.
Located off the coast of the Bay of Bengal, Kutubdia Island is extremely vulnerable and faces frequent cyclones, tidal waves and the constant threat of land erosion.
Barbara Wickham, country director of the British Council in Bangladesh, inaugurated the event along with EFT Country Coordinator Tasnuba Sharmin.
Project Consultant Dr Mohammed Kamal Hossain, Project Partner Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sujan Chowdhury, and Forest Ranger Officer Asit Kumar Roy were present, along with leaders and members of the local community.
The objective of this project is to plant and take care of 6,000 mangrove saplings on Kutubdia during the year 2017-18. Planting these mangrove saplings will be advantageous for the marine environment and ecosystem.
The aim of the project is to conserve mangrove forests, reduce land erosion and retain the purity of local environment.
Moreover, it will create national and international awareness on ways to reduce the carbon footprint of a region.
It will also help foster an effective, long term relationship between the British Council, local administration, Department of Forestry and local community.
Focusing on the need for environmental awareness, Barbara Wickham said: “We feel the dire need to sustain this resourceful island as a shield for the entire country and request other organisations to do the same, for avoiding catastrophic natural disasters to come.”
Under this initiative, a suitable mangrove plantation site will be identified, where the forest ranger will provide an expert opinion and work plan for the schedule and approach to plant 6,000 mangrove saplings.