Destruction of Freshwater Sources in Bangladesh Threatens Food Security, Health

19 Sep 2013 by Local Press Report

The country’s food security and public health will be in danger if the rivers and wetlands are destroyed at the present rate, experts said at a seminar yesterday. The Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) and Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) jointly organised the seminar at BIP’s office in the capital. Unplanned urbanisation and contamination are fast destroying both the surface and underground fresh water sources, said Kazi Matin Ahmed, a geology professor at Dhaka University. He said groundwater, the primary source of fresh water in Bangladesh, was vital for irrigation for food production, industrialisation, and public health, while industrial pollution and poor sanitation were making surface water unusable...

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