Bangladesh is ahead in Asia in protecting vultures: Environment Minister

Bangladesh is ahead in Asia in protecting vultures: Environment Minister
Bangladesh is ahead in Asia in protecting vultures: Environment Minister

The Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said that Bangladesh is the most advanced in Asia in taking steps to protect vultures. Shahab Uddin

He said the country banned vulture-killing drug diclofenac in 2010, a first in Asia. After that another harmful drug Ketoprofen was also banned by the government.

On the occasion of International Vulture Awareness Day-2022, he said these things in the speech of the chief guest at the discussion meeting organized at the Forest Department on Saturday (September 3).

The minister said that after the ban of ketoprofen, the use of safe drugs meloxicam and tolfamenic acid has started increasing. Which is a significant step in protecting vultures. In this regard, the minister called upon all pharmaceutical companies to comply with government directives to stop the production and marketing of harmful ketoprofen.

Shahab Uddin said, any long-term science-based plan for vulture conservation will be supported in its implementation if it comes to our ministry.

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change was the chief guest at the International Vulture Awareness Day. Shahab Uddin

The Environment Minister also said that the Bangladesh National Vulture Conservation Committee has been formed. In addition, two vulture safe zones have been officially declared and Bangladesh vulture conservation action plan for ten years (2016-2025) has been undertaken. which is working as a long-term framework to protect the vultures of Bangladesh. In the meantime, we have successfully completed many activities of the Vulture Conservation Action Plan. We are determined to complete the rest of the activities as well.

He said that various effective decisions taken by the government in the 7th and 8th regional management committee meetings in 2017 and 2019 are serving as a milestone for the conservation of vultures in Bangladesh and South Asia. Special tags are made in the pattern of red-green flags to be attached to the vulture’s wings. Along with these wing tags, there are plans to tag vultures this year using a new technology – satellite tracking. Through this activity, the movement of vultures in our country will be monitored, which will play an important role in the conservation of vultures. In the interest of all of us, we must commit to protecting the remaining vultures for the sake of protecting the environment.

Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar and Additional Secretary (Administration) Iqbal Abdullah Haroon spoke as special guests on the occasion. Presided over by Chief Forest Conservator. Amir Hossain Chowdhury. Bangladesh Bird Club Founder Inam Al Haque, Nature and Life Foundation Chairman Mukit Majumdar Babu, Sufal Project Project Director Gobind Roy, Wildlife and Nature Conservation Area Forest Conservator Imran Ahmed and others spoke. ABM Sarwar Alam, Senior Program Officer, IUCN Bangladesh, presented the keynote.

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