Green Development in Bangladesh: Challenges and Opportunities

06 Jun 2012

Dhaka, 06 June 2012: While the upcoming Rio+20 summit is expected to guide future development discourse, countries like Bangladesh need to define their own green development process that will not hinder economic growth, compromise poverty reduction objectives and will conserve natural resources for environmental sustainability, said speakers during an open discussion session on “Green Development in Bangladesh: Challenges and Opportunities”. The event was jointly organized by the Department of Environment (DoE), Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at Conference Hall, Forest Department, Ban Bhaban, Agargaon.  

Mr. Alamgir Hossain and Dr. Sarwat Chowdhury of UNDP presented the keynote paper which focused on green development discourse and issues, opportunities and challenges of a greener development trajectory for Bangladesh.       While countries like Bangladesh must continue to address endemic poverty by continuing on their current economic growth trajectory, this growth must take into account the importance of environmental sustainability in the long run, moving towards a green economy, speakers said. Dr. Hasan Mahmud, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Mesbah ul Alam, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Md. Yunus Ali, Chief Conservator of Forests, Forest Department and Mr. Monowar Islam, Director General, Department of Environment; other GOB officials, UNDP officials, representatives from development partners, NGOs, academia and media were present at the event.   

“We need to work together to sustainably use the worlds resources which are limited and essential for continuing the life support system on planet earth, the only place livable for human being” said Dr. Hasan Mahmud, Minister for Environment and Forests of the Government of Bangladesh. He also emphasized the role of youth in determining the future development path for long term sustainability.    As natural resources are destroyed by human intervention, we need to take adequate measures to correct the distortions in current economic growth process though greener approaches said Mr. Mesbah ul Alam, Secretary, MoEF.   

An award giving ceremony was also held for winners of Environment Day 2012 art, quiz and debate competitions organized by DoE for children and youth.

Contact Information

For further information please contact: Mahtab Haider, Communications Analyst, UNDP  via email: mahtab.haider@undp.org, ph: +88 02 815 0088, ext. 1805, mob: +88 01713 014 604