Denuding of Bangladeshi Forests

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Denuding the Bangladeshi Forests

Kashef Ul Hoda; ID# 061 662 030

English 105, Section 5

Ms. Maleka Sarwar
April 17th, 2010

Abstract……………………………………..…………………………………………………..

Bangladesh is now on the verge of loosing its much loved symbol of greenery which made our country known as the lush green landscape - “Sobuj Bangladesh”. We are to loose this “green blessing” due to massive and uncontrolled deforestation, now at its peak. This research was conducted by interviewing two experts in the field of biodiversity and forestry, while also taking a survey with 26 respondents from diverse backgrounds. The results display a grave situation of our forests, simply vanishing at a remarkably quick rate. Although our media have been successful to spread the message of our deforestation problem, but the extent of the problem deserves a lot more attention (in terms of documentaries and shows dedicated to this problem). The research shows that this unfortunate crisis is as a result of constant government negligence and an increasing rise of the countries population.

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………..

Bangladesh is located in a humid tropical region and is very fertile for plants and forests. As a country we have always depended on our trees that provide shelter against our most common natural hazards. The forests of Bangladesh have been under planned management for over a hundred years. Since the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, we have been facing tough challenges due to unplanned industrialization, corruption and other demographic pressures.

Trees and wild-growths are known to act as a natural shield from hurricanes and tornadoes as well as holding landslides away, and thus preventing great damage to properties and life. Deforestation of our foothills, mangrove forests, tree covered areas for reasons like fuel wood, industrialization, commercial purposes (e.g. furniture needs) contribute to periodic floods that cause widespread misery to people living in the flood plains of the Ganges-Brahmaputra system, which covers about 75 percent of the country. Such reckless cutting down of trees bares us against cyclones and landslides consistently.

Destruction of forests has adversely affected our environment as trees help remove carbon from the atmosphere in return of oxygen – without trees we are contributing to Global Warming. Our various habitats are seriously affected, pushing our endemic (existing in no other country) and other rare species of wildlife (including birds) towards being endangered or getting extinct!

Media is actively engaged in reporting the loss of our precious forests, thus creating mass awareness among the ordinary citizens who are increasingly coming forward expressing their great concern for the fate of our country without these forests.

This research paper tries to investigate the current attitude of the general masses of Bangladesh towards the cutting down of our forests. As deforestation in Bangladesh is uncontrolled and very little of our forests is left, it becomes more important now to be aware of the truth. This paper also looks into the confidence level of people and experts towards the government over this issue, and the reasons that shaped such opinion/s.

Bangladesh needs to save and sustain its forests not only for its survival and security from natural disasters, but also for the sake of its future generations who have a right to see a “Shobuj Bangladesh” (Green Bangladesh) just like their ancestors have always done.

Background ………………………………………………………………………………...…..

Once Bangladesh was known to be a land famous for its lush green landscape. However, today it can be seen that we have lost most of our greenery as a result of massive and uncontrolled deforestation, an unfortunate situation that started to take shape during the last days of the British Raj, through the Pakistan Era...
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