‘No alternative to research for sustainable development’

Published : 18 Jun 2022 08:56 PM

Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) organized the inaugural function of a 15-day Forestry Research Training Course titled 'Forestry Research and Development in Bangladesh' for newly recruited researchers.

The research course was inaugurated at the BFRI office on Friday.

Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Dr. Farhina Ahmed inaugurated the training course as the chief guest.

BFRI Director Dr. Rafiqul Haider presided over the meeting.  Sanjay Kumar Bhowmik, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, spoke as the special guest.  US Forest Service Compass Program Bangladesh Project Lead Dr. Abu Mostafa Kamal Uddin;  Muhammad N Khan, Director, USAID Economic Growth Office;  Bipul Krishna Das, forest conservator of Chattogram region.

Environment Secretary Dr Farhina Ahmed said, there is no alternative to research for sustainable development.  Research on forests and forest resources is essential to tackle the harmful effects of climate change in present.  The government has given priority to research in various plans including Perspective Plan 2021-2041, SDG 2030, Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan 2030, Delta Plan 2100, and others Plan. ' He hoped that BFRI would play a more pioneering role in forest research  The US Forest Service's Compass program thanked Bangladesh.

 USAID Muhammad N Khan said, "USAID is pleased to be working with BFRI in research and training as a development partner of the Government of Bangladesh."

 Dr. Kamal Uddin, Project Lead of the US Forest Service Program, said:  Since the government's goal is to build a green and golden Bengal, BFRI will continue to cooperate in sustainable forest research.

 Additional Secretary Sanjay Kumar Bhowmik said, "There is no alternative to research to represent Bangladesh in the world.  BFRI is making significant contribution in forest research and technology innovation.  Newly joined researchers will continue to play a role in future research and technology innovation.

 The BFRI Director thanked all the trainees and guests and hoped for their continued support in the future.

 The training course was coordinated by BFRI Senior Research Officer Md. Anisur Rahman.