DHAKA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The Bangladeshi government has launched its annual nation-wide tree plantation campaign in a bid to increase the country's forest land coverage.
This year's theme for the National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair is "Forest and Ecology in Education, Building modern Bangladesh Green".
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened the National Tree Plantation Campaign by planting a tamarind sapling at the premise of the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), formerly known as the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center in Dhaka.
Hasina, when inaugurating the plantation movement here on Thursday, urged all to plant and nurture saplings at workplaces and houses with a view to protecting the environment.
Scores of government and non-government organizations have been exhibiting plantation species including fruit trees, forest trees and decoration trees.
The month-long annual campaign which was first launched in 1994 is considered as an important yearly event to motivate the people to save the environment of the delta country which is criss-crossed by about 250 rivers and highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change.