Forests of Cox’s Bazar: JS body for proper assessment of damage | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:13 AM, October 19, 2019

Forests of Cox’s Bazar: JS body for proper assessment of damage

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment, Forest and Climate Change yesterday recommended conducting an assessment by an expert team on the loss and damage of environment and biodiversity occurred for sheltering the Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar.

The parliamentary watchdog came up with the recommendation at its eight meeting held at Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner’s conference room with its chairman Saber Hossain Chowdhury in the chair.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin and Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar were present at the meeting.

During the meeting, they discussed their experience after visiting the Rohingya camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf as well as the environmental loss caused by the Rohingya settlements.

They also suggested taking steps to supply safe water to Rohingya people.

The meeting was informed that about 8,000 acres of forest were affected by Rohingyas, causing an environmental loss of over Tk 2,420 crore. 

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