FAO committed to supporting Bangladesh with advanced technology

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City Desk :
Environment and Climate Change specialist at the FAO Bangladesh Dr Dicky Simorangkir has said sustainability requires the best technology and scientific approach; FAO is committed to supporting Bangladesh with advanced technology, skills, and know-how.

Bangladesh will be the first country in Southeast Asia to use these advanced technologies for the forest inventory at the national level, said the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Thursday.

The FAO organized training for the field crew of the National Forest Inventory who will be conducting surveys to assess net forest resources of Bangladesh.

The trainees are introduced to advanced tools and technologies to maintain higher accuracy and consistency of the National Information System.

The seven-day training started at Sheikh Kamal Wildlife Center, Gazipur with the participation of Gobinda Roy, Project Director, SUFAL Project; Dr Dicky Simorangkir, Environment and Climate Change Specialist (Team Leader, EFCC Team), FAO Bangladesh; and Md. Moyeenuddin Khan Deputy Chief Conservator of the Forest- Social Forestry Wing on the first day. The program was presided over by Mohammad Sobeder Islam, Director, Sheikh Kamal Wildlife Center, Gazipur.

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A group of well-skilled personnel from the Forest Department are selected to be trained ahead of the field visits for the forest inventory to be conducted by the Forest Department.

The training is done on technical and scientific procedures of the process and the participants are introduced to the advanced technics and technologies with hands-on skills by the experts in this field.

Project Director, SUFAL Project Gobinda Roy said, “Sustainable use of the forest resources can uplift the country’s economy and help protect our land. Assessment is the first and crucial step to take for protection and survival.”

Deputy Chief Conservator of the Forest- Social Forestry Wing Md. Moyeenuddin Khan said, “A data-driven forest monitoring is crucial for making the restoration efforts effective. We should join our forces together to protect our ecosystem and ensure its sustainable management.”

The complete inventory procedure is classified into two parts: Biophysical and Socio-economic Inventory; this training responds to the biophysical components of the forests.