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Eco Club Initiatives in School will help to reduce plastic pollution

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Eco clubs have been formed in 10 educational institutions of Cox’s Bazar with the aim of increasing awareness and reducing the use of plastic products among students.

Under the project “Integrated Approach Towards Sustainable Plastic Use and Marine Liter Prevention in Bangladesh” financed by the Norwegian government with the technical assistance of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNDIO),  Government’s  Department of Environment is implementing the program
through the creation of a plastic credit model in the institutions.

A seminar was organized in a hotel of Cox’s Bazar on Saturday morning, where the initiative was presented in detail.

Nazma Ashrafi, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Forest Environment and Climate Change said , “We are working to build a pollution-free, smart Bangladesh, and for that purpose, students have been involved in this initiative” In the speech of the key speaker.

UNIDO’s Bangladesh Representative Zaki Uz Zaman said, “A UNIDO expert team developed the ‘Plastic Credit Model’ after visiting schools in Cox’s Bazar.”

He also said that, the eco-clubs established through this model will collect plastic waste and sell it in the market, their activities will be managed with the money earned.

In the first phase, apart from providing training to the students the clubs were provided with the necessary equipment for plastic waste management.

Cox’s Bazar Municipality Chief Executive Officer A.K.M Tariqul Alam, Bangladesh Oceanographic Research Institute’s Principal  Scientific Officer Hasibul Islam, Petrochemical Company Limited’s Representative Safir Khan, Cox’s Bazar Environment Department’s Deputy Director Nurul Islam and many others spoke as guests at the seminar.

At the end, financial assistance through a private organization is provided to the club representatives.

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