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Published : Tuesday, 16 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 1110

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change M Shahab Uddin on Monday said that people should use environment-friendly items instead of plastic.
"We will not be able to achieve the SDGs goals if we do not take measures to protect the environment and forest resources of the country," he made this comment on Monday at an inaugural workshop programme titled, "Sub Regional Workshop on Global Waste Management," jointly organised by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme at a city hotel.  
He also urged people from all walks of life to take proper steps in reducing wastes from in every corner of the country.
A three-day workshop will continue till Wednesday where some 40 participants from the South Asian countries are attending. Experts will discuss the outcome of the Kathmandu Meet with the new participants of the workshop.  Later an action plan will be framed in this workshop based on the South Asian countries present status of waste management.
This is the second sub-regional meeting on the development of "The Roadmap for Implementing the Global Waste Management Goals toward SDGs in South Asia."  
The first meeting had taken place at Kathmandu in March this year to share and recognize the current condition of the waste management and its problems in South Asia.  
Onogawa Kazunobu, Director of CCET said that already all the South Asian countries have various national regulations, acts, plans on plastic but still plastic wastes remains a big problem.
"Waste Management is an issue closely related to day to day behaviour of the people," he said.
Asked what steps are needed to address waste management, he said strong commitment and leadership of decision makers and politicians are essential.
At the same time, we need participation and cooperation of general public to materialize such political decisions, he added.  At first we should find out the sources of the wastes and then take proper steps to reduce wastes, said Deputy Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Habibun Nahar.  Dr SM Munjurul Hannan Khan, Additional Secretary of the Ministry said that the mindset of the people can help reduce wastes.

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