Bonayan has been honored with the prestigious SDG Brand Champion Award in Climate & Environment category at the SDG Brand Champion Awards 2023 for its impactful nationwide afforestation initiative.
A total of 24 initiatives were celebrated at the gala night, with 11 winners and 13 honorable mentions. The event took place on May 26 at the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden.
The accolade was received by Golam Mainuddin, alongside him, Jorge Luis Macedo, Ahmed Raihan Ahsanullah, and Sazzad Hossain on behalf of Bonayan. Bonayan started in 1980, responding to the call for mass plantation from the Forest Department of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Since then, Bonayan has come forward to help the government realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets and is now supporting the government to achieve SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 15 (Life on Land) targets of enhancing forest area as a proportion of the total land area of Bangladesh to 18% and to increase the area of tree-covered land to 25% in relation to the total land area of Bangladesh by 2030. Every year, Bonayan distributes 5 million saplings of fruit, forestry, and medical species.
The initiative is operating in 22 districts across Bangladesh and has provided over 12 crore saplings to date, free of cost, consisting of over 25 different types of plant species.