PM stresses nature-based development philosophy
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PM stresses nature-based development philosophy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government prioritized nature-based plans to ensure country’s overall development, urging all concerned to conserve rain and flood water alongside protecting water bodies, reducing groundwater usage and maintaining the rivers’ normal flow.

“We’re giving emphasis on nature-based solutions in the development philosophy. We’ve to find out the nature-based strategy for proper management of the water resources,” she said.

She said this while addressing a function at Pani Bhaban in city’s Green Road area as the chief guest organised by the Water Resources Ministry, marking the World Water Day-2022.

The prime minister joined the function virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence here.

She asked all concerned to keep two things in mind –harvesting rainwater and building water conservators — while taking any development plan.

“We have to focus on harvesting rainwater and its conservation in ground,” she said.

The prime minister also asked all concerned to open connecting points of rivers with canals, haors and baors, saying otherwise the navigability of the rivers would be damaged.

She said all these things will have to be taken into consideration while adopting development plans.

State Minister for Water Resources Zaheed Farooque and Deputy Minister AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem spoke on the occasion while its Senior Secretary Kabir Bin Anwar gave the welcome address.

An audio-visual song on the World Water Day was played while a documentary on Bangladesh’s water resources management was also screened at the function.

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