Friday, September 4th, 2020

Three organizations plant 49,000 trees in Amphan hit coastal areas

Published 11:32 pm | September 04, 2020

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Online desk : Three organizations–BANDHU Foundation of Bangladesh, Give Bangladesh and Aamrai Bangladesh—on Friday arranged a tree-planting event called ‘Project Oxygen’ in Khulna’s Koyra upazila.

Organizers of the three organizations planted 49,000 trees in the Amphan affected coastal areas in 49 minutes to commemorate the 49th year of independence of Bangladesh, said a press release.

Koyra lost about 40,000 trees due to Amphan.

The organizers and their supporters expressed hope that their initiative will lead to reforestation of this Bangladeshi coastal area, lending crucial support to the Sundarbans in withstanding future natural disasters.

Locally prevalent species of trees have been planted across 7 unions of Koyra upazila- Amadi, Baghali, Maheshwarpur, Maharajpur, Koyra Sadar, Uttor Bekdashi and Dakshin Bekdashi.

In particular, 20,500 Shirish, 16,500 Lombu, 2,000 Guava, 2,500 Wood Apple, 5,000 Sobeda, 2,000 Tamarind, 500 Krishnachura, 500 Bokul, 1000 Amla (amlaki) and 3000 Tala Palm (tal) trees have now been added to the green population of Koyra.

Volunteers from the three organizations- BANDHU Foundation of Bangladesh, Give Bangladesh and Aamrai Bangladesh worked with 25 local volunteering groups to plant these trees. To ensure long term survival of these trees, the local youth organizations involved in Project Oxygen will look after them over the next one year.

A total of 1,000 local ultra-poor people will look after the fruit bearing trees, and consume the fruits that are expected to grow in a few years.

The project is being financed through a successful crowd funding effort, with generous contribution from the people of Bangladesh and by local institutional supporters who came forward to contribute to this cause. Bank Asia, BRAC Bank, IPDC Finance Limited, Nijer Bolar Moto Ekta Golpo, Robi Axiata and Shwapno contributed 5000 trees each. Dhaka Ladies’ Club contributed 2,500 trees and Epyllion Group provided 3,000 masks for the volunteers who participated in the event.

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