Md Shahabuddin, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, said today that elephant killing must be stopped at all costs.
A press release stated that the minister presented the order during a view-exchange meeting with local administration and people’s representative on elephant conservation and resolving human and elephant conflict — at Satkania upazila, Chattogram.
Minister says that the government is working towards a zero-tolerance policy to protect elephants and other wildlife.
He presented cheques of compensation to those who were affected by the elephants.
He stated that the government is committed not to let any more elephants, Tigers, or other wildlife go unnecessarily.
He said that legal action had been taken against several people involved in the killing of wild elephants in recent years.
Referring to the government’s various initiatives to conserve elephants, the minister stated that traditional roads and corridors are being restored and reforested.
According to the release, he mentioned the possibility of banana trees and other herbaceous crops being cultivated for elephant food.
The release stated that arrangements are being made for the training of staff from the relevant forest department to resolve the elephant-human conflict.
Abu Reza Muhammad Nezamuddin Nadvi was a local lawmaker. He was joined by Sanjay Kumar Bhowmik (Additional Secretary to the Environment Ministry), Chairman of Satkania Upazila Parishad MA Motaleb and Banshkhali Upazila Parishad Chairman Chowdhury Md Ghalib and Md Jahangir, Additional Superintendent of Police.