Bangladesh trying its best to combat land degradation and desertification

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Bangladesh trying its best to combat land degradation and desertification

 

 

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin said the Government of Bangladesh is trying its best to combat land degradation and desertification.

 

To this end, it has revised its National Environmental Policy giving special attention to combat land degradation and desertification. We have formulated National Action Program (NAP) for Combating Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought 2015-2024. Bangladesh has set voluntary targets to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) by 2030 as per SDG Target 15.3 and the decision of COP13.
The environment minister said this at ‘Round table 2, Land restoration: A path to sustainable post pandemic recovery’ in the conference of the parties (COP-15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) held yesterday in Abidjan, Côte dIvoire.
Environment Minister said roadside plantation, coastal afforestation and social forestry are some of the successful land-based adaptation programmes in Bangladesh. We have also formulated Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) and Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP 2100) and is preparing Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan (MCPP). We have introduced best practices of SLM Technology for fast growing crops, vegetable and fruits. Barind, a north western part of the country is a best example to be turned into green area by introducing sustainable mechanism, he said.
Shahab Uddin said Bangladesh is losing around 69,000 hectares land every year posing a serious threat to ensure the food security for an increasing population. One third of the country lies in the coast exposed to tidal floodings which leads to increased salinity. Forced migration of one million people from neighboring country to our country has created enormous threat to our land, life, environment, biodiversity, forest and ecosystems. The loss of soil, flora, fauna and ecosystems expand the risk of novel diseases like COVID-19 and Ebola. The north-western part of the country is under the threat of desertification. Land restoration is definitely a cost-effective strategy which can ensure green recovery. So, Bangladesh is encouraging and welcoming international cooperation and support through UNCCD secretariat as well as Global Mechanism.
Earlier to this programme, the environment minister also joined and delivered speeches at High Level Interactive Dialogue on Future Proofing Land Use: Shifting patterns in production and Consumption in the conference of the parties (COP-15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) held last night in Abidjan.