Bangladesh aims to double the number of tigers
DOT Desk:  Environment, forest and climate change minister Mohammad Shahab Uddin asked the Forest Department to take a project to double the number of tigers in Bangladesh, rpeorts The New Age.
 At an online seminar on Wednesday organised by the department marking International Tiger Day, Shahab Uddin assured that the government would provide all required supports to the department if it took any such project for increasing the number of the endangered animal.  At present, an estimated 114 tigers are counted at the Sunderbans in the country while total number tiger across the world is just 3,850, according to the minister. ‘The presence of tigers made the Sunderbans a world heritage. It plays significant role for maintaining the biodiversity of the world’s largest mangrove forest. So, the government is determined to extend all required supports for protecting the endangered animal,’ Shahab said.  Explaining the government initiatives for protecting tigers, Shahab said that the law of the land stipulated killing of tiger as a non-bailable offence, 52 per cent areas of the Sunderbans declared as protected zone and the government signed a protocol with India for conserving tigers and stop their smuggling.
The government also took Bangladesh Tiger Action Plan 2018-2027 and a Tiger Response Team to save the animal from the attacks of locals, he added.
Chief conservator of forests, Amir Hossain Chowdhury, who chaired the seminar, said that the department would take a project as per the instruction of the minister. ‘It’s possible to double the number of tigers,’ he claimed.
Deputy minister for environment ministry Habibun Nahar and parliamentary standing committee on environment ministry chairman Saber Hossain Chowdhury, among others, attended the online seminar.