December 10, 2013
A holistic approach in multi sectors including public awareness is the key factor for approaching nature conservation. Focusing in tree plantation and various enlightenment campaigns are not the only ways we should think for nature conservation. Sustainable industrial growth with positive environmental impact should be planned strategically in national level for environment-friendly economic growth, told Dr. Takao Toda, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Bangladesh Office.
He inaugurated the 5th National Nature Festival of Notre Dame Nature Study Club and "Clean Bangladesh Campaign" by JICA Environmental Education Volunteers on 6th December 2013. He mentioned about cross-sectoral approaches of JICA which has been making significant positive environmental impacts on not only Bangladesh but also other countries and regions for over 40 years under the vision of "Inclusive and Dynamic Development". Fr. Hemonto Pius Rozario, C.S.C, Principal, Notre Dame College, Dhaka, Mr. Muqeed Majumdar Babu, Chairman, Prokriti O Jibon Foundation, Mr. Musa Ibrahim, Founder Director, Everest Academy, Bangladesh were present among the special guests. The guests embraced the activities of the Notre Dame Nature Study Club as one of the pioneer among the nature conservation societies in Bangladesh.
After the inauguration, guests visited the JICA Volunteers' stall to launch the "Clean Bangladesh Campaign". The campaign aims to involve one million people from all over Bangladesh to be an active member for proper solid waste disposal. JICA Volunteers explained their objectives to the mostly young audiences of the National Nature Festival '13 and they expect this new young generation to take an initiative for a big change of their society. More than 500 persons were committed with the campaign in the 1st session of the program and will contribute to spread a circle of this "Clean Bangladesh Campaign".
Honorable Ambassador of the Holy See (Vatican), Reverend George Koherry wrapped up the festival in the prize giving ceremony as chief guest of the session.
About JICA Bangladesh Office
JICA Bangladesh office was established in 1974. We implement a major part of Japan's ODA (Official Development Assistance) through technical cooperation, ODA loans, and grant aid in an integrated manner. Our focus areas are to (1) enhance economic activities through projects such as infrastructure (power and transportation), private sector and urban developments and (2) overcome social vulnerability through projects such as human (education and health) and rural development, governance, and disaster. JICA Volunteer is also one of our projects, and it celebrates 40th anniversary this year.