North South University
Dept. of Environmental Science and Management
Name: Mehedi Hasan
Topic: Department of Environment: effective enough?
We must Stop Here
We are the child of the nature. And we are social animal. What is surrounded us is makes the environment. And we learned from our society and environment. Out character is built on this. Our population is growing so fast that we need more place build new home for us and water to survive and we produce tons of waste. The waste we can’t handle that pollute our environment. Our government is taking some steps and to solve this issue.
The first environment activities in Bangladesh were taken soon after the Stockholm conference on human environment. As a follow up action to the Stockholm conference, the government of Bangladesh funded under the aegis of the department of public health engineering and after promulgating the water pollution control ordinance in 1973, a project primarily aimed at water pollution control.
In 1977, Environment pollution control Board with 16 members
headed by a member of the planning commission and environment pollutioncontrol cell headed by a director This was followed in 1977 by the 1985 by the re structured and renamed the Department of environment the activities of which are overseen by a director general. The department discharges its responsibilities through a head office and six divisional offices located in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Bogra and Sylhet.
Our Department of environment’s mission is to help secure a clean and healthy environment for the benefit of present and future generation.
• Through the fair and consistent application of environmental rules andregulations.
• Through guiding, training and promoting awareness of environment issues.
• Through sustainable action on critical environmental problems that demonstrate practical solutions and that galvanize public support and involvement.
Nowadays Environmental protection has drawn a large concern of scientists and researchers. Numerous research has been done throughout the world to know the sources of pollution and to know how to mitigate these pollutions.
Bangladesh also formed the Department of Environmental Protection and appointed a DG and also imposed some Laws to save our environment. Former environmental laws in Bangladesh included the Bangladesh Wildlife (Preservation) Order of 1973, the Marine Fisheries Ordinance of 1983, and the Brick Burning (Control) Act of 1989. Other major preservation laws enacted before the independence of Bangladesh include the Public Parks Act of 1904, the Agricultural and Sanitary Improvement Act of 1920, the Forest Act of 1927, and the Protection and Conservation of Fish Act of 1950.  The Bengali Government has started building new sidewalks with surface drains so that garbage can be drained away and won’t linger in the streets anymore and the new drainage system can help mitigate the country’s problems with mass flooding.
The Bengali Government has constructed air quality monitoring stations so that the government can effectively monitor the improvements of air quality in many different areas around the country. The Bengali Government has updated bus routes so that they can shorten the distance that the bus has to travel and in turn improve the area’s air quality. The Bengali Government passed new Vehicular Emission Standards on 31 December 2014 which will help improve the country’s overall air pollution problem. Though the act was established in the year of 1995, Bangladesh has not seen much improvement in the environment.
For moderate rainfall, the roads of Dhaka and Chittagong cities are being flooded and this causes a lot of suffering for the people, who live in these cities. In the year 2011, the capital city of Bangladesh (Dhaka) had been ranked as the world’s 2nd least livable city in the world. The Humidity and Temperature level of Dhaka was rated as ‘uncomfortable’ and so was the quality of water. This proves the inefficiency of the establishment of the environment law.
Our five most effective pieces of environmental legislation are the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Montreal Protocol, the Clean Water Act, and Reformation. The Department of Environment has failed to maintain these environmental conditions. Another reason for this failure is the carelessness of our population. We are not aware of our environmental degradation which is causing various disasters. We should take care of our environment along with the government to have a peaceful and healthy life.
• Hasan, S Rizwana (2012). “Environmental Laws”. In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
• “Clean Air and Sustainable Environment Project”. The World Bank Group. Retrieved 8 April 2015.