POST TIME: 9 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Rohingya Influx
Environment bears the brunt: Report
Staff Reporter

Environment bears 
the brunt: Report

The environment and ecology of Teknaf upazilla has been bearing detrimental impacts for the over crowd caused for Rohingya influx, said a study report conducted jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) Of Bangladesh yesterday. A summary of the study was presented at a consultation at the CIRDAP auditorium in participation of officials and journalists that analysed the situation by the on the ground realities.

The Rohingyas fled to this upazilla located at the south-eastern tip of Bangladesh to escape the ethnic cleansing in western Rakhaine state in Myanmar. The asylum seekers’ (about 12 lakh) activities like uncontrolled fuel wood collection, poaching and overuse of limited water supplies, have placed serious strains on the ecosystems in many regions.

Moreover, some unique areas set aside by the local governments as parks or reserves or even sites recognized by the UNESCO as world heritage sites are under threat of their uncontrolled activities. And if these activities continue, that

could result in irreversible losses of productivity, the extinction of species of plants or animals, the destruction of unique ecosystems, the depletion of or long term pollution of ground water supplies or a variety of other destructive outcomes. The MoEF and UNDP jointly presented its “Final Stakeholder Consultation on Environment Impact of Rohingya influx on March 8, 2018 at CIRDAP auditorium, Dhaka.  

The purpose of the consultation is to share and update all relevant stakeholders on findings the report on Rapid environment Impact Assessment on Rohingya influx and to gather comments and feedback from relevant stakeholders to finalize the report for public disclosure, the presentation cited.