Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government put emphasis on environmental protection before taking up any new project.
"Bangladesh is one of the worst sufferer countries of climate change. Drought, cyclone, flood and other natural disasters are risking our lives and livelihood," the prime minister said this while inaugurating the programme titled 'Dhaka Global Dialogue' in the capital today.
"Yet, we are aware of how to tackle any natural disaster," she added.
Dhaka Global Dialogue, co-hosted by Observer Research Foundation, India, and Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, seeks to catalyse conversations on what is fast emerging as one of the most important and dynamic political and growth geographies of the world.
During a briefing on cyclone Bulbul on Sunday, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman emphasised on taking inter-ministerial initiatives for the protection of the Sundarbans, as the forest acted as a shield against the cyclone.