Since 2010, Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) have been focusing on tree planting activities. Every year, BEDS organises tree planting and educational activities, involving students, teachers and communities. BEDS plants local trees that will provide for the community, fruit, timber and medicine, in cooperation with national and international organisations.
Climate Change is having a huge impact on Bangladesh due to its geographical location. Khulna, the southwest coastal region of Bangladesh, has been identified as one of the 15 most vulnerable cities in the world, in relation to Climate Change. BEDS believes that in order to reduce the impact of Climate Change in the area, it is essential more trees are planted.
Through FEE’s Global Forest Fund, BEDS planted 1010 local fruit, timber and medicinal trees at B,K (Borobak) Government Primary School of Laudobe under Dacope Upazila (sub-district) of Khulna. 40 students and 5 teachers participated in educational activities and a daylong training workshop. While 30 students and 2 teachers got involved in the tree planting activities. Local government and community members also got involved.
Some of the main objectives included:- To save the coastal environment from natural disaster:- To educate the students and communities about the functions of trees- To reduce poverty through tree planting- To Reduce CO2 and combat Climate Change through tree planting- To disseminate information on the relationship between trees and our daily life among Sundarbans coastal communities.
Students learned about the importance of forests, Climate Change, how to identify the quality of a tree, proper techniques for seedbed preparation, irrigation, pest management and nursing of trees.