Bangladesh completes wildlife habitat condition survey


The government recently completed a feasibility study to determine the current status of habitat connectivity through camera trapping, securing potential wildlife corridors.

The Wildlife Compensation Rules, 2021 have been formulated to resolve the confrontation between wildlife and human beings.

Md Shahab Uddin, Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (MoEFCC) said these during a town hall meeting organized by the Department of Forestry on the occasion of World Wildlife Day 2022 on the theme “Recovering key species for the restoration of ecosystems” on Thursday.

Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Chairman of the MoEFCC Parliamentary Standing Committee, and Ministry Secretary Md Mostafa Kamal were present for the discussion.

The Sheikh Kamal Wildlife Center was established in 2019 in Gazipur with the aim of creating a trained and skilled workforce to carry out quality research activities for good wildlife and biodiversity management.

A red list of threatened species has been prepared after assessing the status of 1,619 wildlife species in Bangladesh, the environment minister said.

He also noted that the government has declared 51 areas as protected areas for wildlife habitat conservation and development. The Wildlife Crime Unit works to prevent wildlife trafficking and control crime.

“We must work in a coordinated manner to protect the country’s wildlife, including elephants and tigers,” the minister added.

Two parts of the country were declared vulture safe areas in 2014 to protect endangered Bengal vultures, he also mentioned.

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