Thursday 05 October 2017


The British Council in Bangladesh arranged an event of indigenous tree plantation today as a part of their environmental policy of managing the cultural relations work in a sustainable manner as possible across their platform and programs.  

Kutubdia, an island of Cox’s Bazar district under Chittagong division located in the Bay of Bengal. This island is heavily vulnerable to frequent cyclones and tidal waves and in constant threats of land erosion which is an eventual threat of eradication of the mangrove forest. In order to protect the ecosystem of this region, British Council has taken this project called ‘Mangrove Forest Rehabilitation Project, Kutubdia’.

Barbara Wickham, Country Director of British Council in Bangladesh attended this event of planting indigenous trees along with EFT Country Coordinator Tasnuba Sharmin.  

The objective of this project is to plant and take care of 6,000 mangrove samplings on Kutubdia during the year 2017-18. Especially, planting 6,000 indigenous shrubs will be advantageous for marine environment and ecosystem. Secondly, it will protect mangrove forests and reduce the land erosion and retain the purity of local ecosystem. Moreover, creating national and international awareness of carbon footprint is another goal. It will be an effective, long-term relationship among the British Council, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), forest rangers and the local community.  

Focusing on the need of environmental awareness, Barbara Wickham, Country Director of British Council said, “The magnitude of protection we actually get from these mangrove forests are somewhat ignored which is not an issue to be ignored. We have taken this ‘Mangrove Rehabilitation Project’ as a step towards our carbon footprint and becoming carbon neutral. We feel the dire need to sustain this resourceful area as a shield for the entire country and request other organisations to do the same for avoiding catastrophic natural disasters to come”.    

Under this project, a suitable mangrove plantation site will be identified, where the forest ranger will provide an expert opinion and work plan for the schedule and approach to plant 6,000 mangrove saplings. The Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) will be responsible for overall implementation and management of the whole project. The UNO and local forest ranger officer will open and maintain a bank account under this project. 

Also, a specialist appointed by British Council will visit the plantation site twice (after 6 months and 1 year of signing this agreement) to monitor the growth of the project and submit a report after each visit.


Notes to Editor

For further information please contact:

Arshia Aziz, Head of Marketing and Communications, British Council, Bangladesh


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