Dhaka, Feb. 25 -- Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury has stressed the need to identify the deforestation rate in Bangladesh, urging authorities concerned to ensure optimum utilisation of allocations in forest conservation.

"There is no proper and up-to-date statistics on the deforestation ratio but this is happening in Bangladesh. So, we have to know the deforestation rate," he said.

The minister said this at the inauguration ceremony of the Second National Forest Inventory of Bangladesh at Hotel Intercontinental in the capital on Sunday.

Bangladesh Forest Department arranged the function, reports BSS.

Speaking as the chief guest, Saber said the Second National Forest Inventory is going to be condu...