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BEZA to plant 15 lakh saplings in Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park

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Chattogram Bureau :
Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) has undertaken an initiative to plant about 15 lakh saplings of different varieties of trees in the next five years in the Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park at Maheskhali upazila under Cox's Bazar to protect ecological balance in the coastal area.
BEZA Executive Chairman Paban Chowhury told, "We want to protect ecological balance and conserve biodiversity in the Sonadia Island as many mangrove trees on around 4,000 acres of land in the area have already been damaged in the last 10 to 15 years due to illegal tree felling,
Paban Chowdhury  said: "We will turn the island and its adjacent areas into a tourism park by conserving its greenery. Around 1.5 to 2 lakh saplings of different varieties of trees will be planted in the Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park within this year." As per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, BEZA has been working to build eco-friendly economic zones across the country.
"In the Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park, BEZA has stopped felling of trees and taken an initiative to rehabilitate 315 families in the area. BEZA is also creating alternative livelihood for the people in the area who are depended on forest," he added. He said BEZA is going to make planned housing having all facilities, including mosque and school for the locals.
The BEZA executive chairman said the City Group and the City Bank Limited are contributing to BEZA initiatives to plant trees at the tourism park. "City Group is planting 1 lakh saplings under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund at the area while City Bank Limited is planting 50 thousand saplings," he added.
Sonadia is 2.6km away from the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf road and the length of the sea beach of the park is 19.20 kilometers.

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