The Cabinet on Monday approved the proposal for cutting down and removing 498 Sal trees from the Reserved Natural Forest from Joydebpur to Mawna area to help implement the Joydebpur-Mymensingh Road Development Project.
Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said this to reporters after emerging from the seventh regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The cabinet approved the proposal partially relaxing its decision of December 30, 2010 restricting the cutting down of trees from any Reserved Natural Forest till December 31, 2015, aiming to protect the environment and biodiversity of the country, he said.
With the change of alignment of 4-lane Dhaka-Mymensingh Road based on soil tests, logging the Sal trees has become necessary to implement the project and hence the cabinet approved the proposal issuing directives to plant the same number of trees elsewhere in the forest, the cabinet secretary added.
Bangladesh Army is implementing the project, and they had sent a request for relaxing the law through the Roads and Highway Division.
The cabinet secretary said the cabinet also expressed satisfaction over the international recognition of Bangladesh’s measures to combat money laundering and terror financing.
He said money laundering and terror financing are a global concern now and Bangladesh had been blacklisted by ‘Financial Actions Taskforce (FATF)’ the inter-governmental global body against money laundering and terror financing.
Convinced by effective measures of the Bangladesh government --both in legal and institutional frameworks -- for combating money laundering and terror financing, the FATF removed Bangladesh from its blacklists in February 13, 2013 following a proposal of the United States in its full-pledged session held in Paris, France.