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LPG stoves to save remaining forests near refugee camps

By International Organization for Migration Cox’s Bazar, Aug 17 2018 (IOM) – A major environmental project to provide around 250,000 families with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and gas cylinders has been launched by UN agencies and the government in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to help prevent further deforestation linked to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Read More »

Tree plantation held at RU

Rajshahi, July 23 – With a view to enhancing the beauty of the university campus as well as to maintain the ecological balance of Rajshahi University (RU) a tree plantation program held on the campus on Monday. Read More »

Teesta water no longer a hurdle in India-Bangladesh ties?

The pending resolution of the Teesta river water sharing agreement is “no longer an issue” for Bangladesh, government’s political advisor Hossain Toufique Imam has said. The statement indicates a major shift in position for the government, which has been appealing to New Delhi to resolve the issue ahead of general elections slated for December, India’s largely circulated daily The Hindu ... Read More »

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 »