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Ishtiaquddin Ahmed, the Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests in Bangladesh came to Washington recently to attend a conference of Global Tiger Initiatives(GTI).
In an interview with VOA’s Bangla Service, Mr. Ahmed spoke about GTI, the challenges to tigers in the present world, the situation of forestation in Bangladesh etcetera.
Ishtiaquddin Ahmed said that the present world is concerned about the reduction in the number of tigers across the globe which is due mainly to the lack of habitat and illegal tiger trade.
He said that the situation in Bangladesh is satisfactory and it is one of the few exceptional mangrove forests where tiger habitat is safe. However, with the growing population and deforestation, the habitat for tigers can face challenges.
He also mentions social forestation projects in Bangladesh which have seen success already and have been able to balance the effects of deforestation.