18th July 2019
EP Report

The Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury recently assured that Bangladesh will complete the Strategic Environmental Assessment for the conservation of Bangladesh’s south west region, including the Sundarbans, in two and a half years.


Addressing a press conference about the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, he said the Bangladesh government will take any measures that would be recommended by the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) report after completion.


The 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) was held in Azerbaijan’s Baku from June 30. A sixteen-member government delegation, led by the energy adviser, joined the session.


“We have pledged to do three things,” Tawfiq said at the press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office.


“We will complete the work of National Oil Spill Chemical and Contingency Plan. We will invite a Reactive Monitoring Mission from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the WHC…We will expedite the work of the SEA. We have already completed the tendering process of the work and evaluation is now ongoing,” he said.


At the session, the Unesco had postponed the decision of including the Sundarbans in the list of “World Heritage in Danger” until next year.


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