Bangladesh leads Asia in protecting vultures: Minister of Environment and Forests

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister said that Bangladesh is the most advanced in Asia in taking steps to protect vultures. Shahab Uddin He said that in 2010, the country banned the drug diclofenac, which is harmful to vultures, which is the first in Asia.

He said these things in the speech of the chief guest at the discussion meeting on the occasion of ‘International Vulture Awareness Day’ organized at the Forest Department on Saturday.

Shahab Uddin said, “After that, another harmful drug, Ketoprofen, has also been banned by the government. After the ban of ketoprofen, the use of the safer drugs meloxicam and tolfamenic acid started to increase, which is a significant step in the protection of vultures. In this regard, all pharmaceutical companies should comply with government directives to stop the production and marketing of harmful ketoprofen.

He said, ‘Any long-term science-based plan for vulture conservation will be supported in its implementation if it comes to our ministry. Besides, formation of Bangladesh National Vulture Conservation Committee, official declaration of two vulture safe zones and ten-year (2016-2025) Bangladesh Vulture Conservation Action Plan are working as a long-term framework. We have already successfully completed many activities of the vulture conservation action plan and we are determined to complete the remaining activities as well.

Forest Minister Shahab Uddin said, ‘The 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 have been 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 through new technology-satellite tracking.’

The minister said, ‘Through this program, the movement of vultures in our country will be monitored, which will play an important role in the conservation of vultures. For the sake of all of us, we must all 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.

Among others, Inam Al Haque, founder of Bangladesh Bird Club, Mukit Majumdar Babu, chairman of Nature and Life Life Foundation, Gobind Roy, Project Director of Sufal Project and Imran Ahmed, Forest Conservator of Wildlife and Nature Reserve, etc. spoke.

ABM Sarwar Alam, Senior Program Officer of IUCN Bangladesh, presented the keynote address on the occasion. On the occasion, the minister distributed prizes among the winners of the poster making competition organized among the students of various universities to create awareness about vulture conservation.

Meanwhile, discussions and rallies were organized to celebrate the day in various vulture-rich areas of the country apart from Dhaka.

(Dhakatimes/September 3/DM)

The article is in Bengali

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