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Planting seeds for a safer future

By Abdullah Mashrif IN PREPARATION OF MONSOON SEASON, THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM) IS TURNING TO INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF THE ROHINGYA REFUGEES IN COX’S BAZAR. IOM IS PLANTING VETIVER GRASS ALL OVER THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CAMP TO MITIGATE THE RISK OF LANDSLIDES. Read More »

Bamboo, a sustainability powerhouse

By Ed Holt Vienna, Jun 29, 2018 (IPS) – A landmark conference bringing more than 1,200 people from across the world together to promote and explain the importance of bamboo and rattan to the global sustainable development and tackling climate change has ended with a raft of agreements and project launches. Read More »

Shipping, industry threaten famed home of the Bengal Tiger

By Naimul Haq Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 19 (IPS) – Toxic chemical pollution in the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, is threatening thousands of marine and forest species and has environmentalists deeply concerned about the future of this World Heritage Site. Repeated mishaps have already dumped toxic materials like sulfur, hydrocarbons, chorine, magnesium, potassium, arsenic, lead, mercury, nickel, ... Read More »

‘Govt must undestrand effects of Rampal power on Sundarbans’

Dhaka, May 18 – Rights activist Sultana Kamal on Friday said the government and the people must realize the after-effect of the Rampal power plant project. “All must realise what will happen after the operation of Rampal power plant project begins,” Sultana Kamal made the observation at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the capital. Read More »

Paper-giant cut forests during conservation meet – Greenpeace

Bangkok, (AP/UNB) — Greenpeace has ended a five-year truce with one of the world’s largest paper companies, accusing it of cutting down tropical forests in Indonesia during the entire time the two were cooperating on conservation.The announcement Wednesday, triggered by an Associated Press investigation, abruptly ends a landmark 2013 agreement in which the environmental group suspended a global campaign against ... Read More »

TIB concerned at coal-fired power plant deal near forest

The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed its deep concern for signing power purchase agreement (PPA) with contractors to build coal-fired thermal power plants by the Power Development Board (PDB) in protected forest near Tengragiri without environmental clearance from the department of environment (DoE). Read More »

Boosting India’s goat sector could double rural incomes

New Delhi, 16 April – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is partnering with the Government of India, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Agri-solutions, to host a two-day conference starting today to discuss how to significantly improve the goat sector in rural areas, specifically in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha states. Read More »

Old is gold: A tale of olive trees

Monowara Begum Moni from Stuttgart, Germany As usual the Stuttgart Fair was held from 5-8 April 2018. A part of this fair was “Garden Show”. It was an appropriate fair at the beginning of Spring. In summer The Europeans like to make Grill/Barbecue. Most of them like Mediterranean foods, sausage among the popular items. Of course, the preparation begins earlier. Read More »

Working with nature to improve global water management

Danielle Nierenberg March 22nd is World Water Day (WWD), a day to celebrate one of the the world’s most precious resources and to raise awareness around global water issues. Every year, WWD coincides with the release of the World Water Development Report by the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Org anization (UNESCO). This report provides a specific theme to guide ... Read More »

Democratising governance in transboundary Brahmaputra Basin

The Brahmaputra River has repeatedly been the centre ground of diplomatic hostility between China, India and Bangladesh. With no transboundary treaty or common understanding between the countries sharing the river, downstream countries have repeatedly raised concerns that China, the upstream riparian country, would dam and divert the glacial meltwaters that are crucial not only for towns, cities and industry, but ... Read More »

Saving the orangutans of Sumatra

The Leuser Ecosystem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Sumatra and one of the largest single continuous blocks of tropical rainforest left in the whole of south-east Asia. It is also home to the orangutan, one of the region’s most endangered species. Despite Leuser’s World Heritage status, it is under continued threat from deforestation by palm-oil plantations, affecting ... Read More »

HC halts felling of trees of Jessore Road

The High Court on Thursday stayed the government’s decision to cut down century-old trees on both sides of Benapole-Jessore Highway. A bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Iqbal Kabir Liton passed the order in the morning after hearing a writ petition. Read More »

Flower research center at Jessore on cards

Dhaka, Jan 9 – Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury on Tuesday said the government has a plan to establish a regional flower research centre at Jessore. The minister said this while responding to a query placed by treasury bench lawmaker M Manirul Islam of Jessore-2 at the Jatiya Sangsad here. A development project for setting up a flower research centre ... Read More »

China’s ban on ivory trade comes into force

China has long been one of the world’s biggest markets for ivory, but as of 2018 all trade in ivory and ivory products in the country is illegal. The move is being hailed as a major development in efforts to protect the world’s elephant population. Wildlife campaigners believe 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers every year. Read More »