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Forest Minister: Separate ocean ministry imperative for Vision 2041

  • Published at 10:22 pm November 7th, 2019
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File photo of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Md Shahab Uddin Collected

He came up with the urge while attending a workshop on 'Prospects and challenges of forest sector in developing blue economy' at BAN Bhaban in Dhaka

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin has emphasized on forming a separate ministry for ocean management as part of the country's way to become a developed nation by 2041.

He came up with the urge while attending a workshop on "Prospects and challenges of forest sector in developing blue economy" at BAN Bhaban in Dhaka on Thursday.

The minister said different ministries have formed separate cells in the name of blue economy to promote ocean economy.

 "But it is not getting good results for the lack of coordination. Therefore, it is urgent to form a ministry of ocean separately to become a developed country within 2041," he said.

Shahab Uddin said: "We have to explore sea recourses for the Vision 2041.  Moreover, Forest Department will assist for the cultivation of sea grass and seaweed to improve the quality of coastal people's life."

The Forest Department arranged the program where Environment, Forest and Climate Change Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar, and its Additional Secretary Dr Md Billal Hossain, were present. Chief Conservator of Forests Mohammed Shafiul Alam Chowdhury was in the chair. 

Prof Dr Kawser Ahmed, department of Oceanography at Dhaka University, presented the key note paper.

Habibun Nahar said:"Tourists have to move their attention to the sea instead of Sundarbans. Tourists should be banned in Sundarbans area because it is at the edge of destruction in the name of tourism."

Kawser Ahmed said:"Although we have sovereignty in the sea likewise another parts of Bangladesh, the government initiative is not yet sufficient to use ocean resources.

"Myanmar has started lifting gas from their part of ocean surface. If we do not start right now, Bangladesh will be losing its share," he said.     

The professor also urged the government to form a separate ministry for ocean first. 

"The sooner we realize it, the faster the country will benefit," he added.