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‘Experts should assess environmental damage in Cox’s Bazar’

Says a parliamentary watchdog

Update : 18 Oct 2019, 05:17 PM

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry has recommended that an expert team should assess the loss and damage of environment and biodiversity in Cox’s Bazar that was caused by shelters created for the Rohingya population.

The parliamentary watchdog came up with the recommendation at its eighth meeting, with its Chairman Saber Hossain Chowdhury in the chair, held at the conference room in the Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner’s office on Friday, reports BSS.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin and Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar were present at the meeting, along with the committee’s other members Jafar Alam, Md Rezaul Karim Bablu and Khodeja Nasrin Akter, and other government officials concerned, said an official press release.

During the meeting, they discussed their visit to the Rohingya camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf, and the environmental loss as well as the damage occurred by sheltering the Rohingyas in the coastal district.

They also suggested taking steps to supply safe water to the refugees.

The meeting was informed that about 8,000 acres of forest were affected while creating shelters for the Rohingyas, causing an environmental loss of over Tk2,420 crore.

The parliamentary body also recommended submitting the details of the achievements of Clean Air and Sustainable Environment (CASE) Project to its next meeting.

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