YPSA initiates to plant 3500 trees in Rohingya Camp in Cox’s Bazar

Assistant Camp in Charge Mr. Haricharon Chowdhury, Deputy Secretary inaugurating the tree plantation campaign on Sunday. Photo: Courtesy

Cox’s Bazar Correspondent:

The Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) on Sunday initiated to plant 3500 trees in Rohingya Camp No 10 in Cox’s Bazar aiming to prevent huge landslide, and protect the ecosystem in the area.

YPSA has taken the initiative on the request of Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) with the support from the international non-profit organization ‘Solidar Suisse’ which is being cooperated by the Camp-in-Charge, said a press release.

Assistant Camp in Charge Mr. Haricharon Chowdhury, Deputy Secretary inaugurated the tree plantation ceremony at camp 10 where Solidar Suisse Country Director Mr. Mohammad Amanullah was present among others.

The tree plantation event was attended also by the Assistant Director and Head of the Rohingya Response Program of YPSA Mr. Mohammed Shahidull Islam, Mr. Bijoy Biswas, Livelihood Coordinator of Solidar Suisse, Mr. Jishu Barua, Ms. Faria Afreen Anayanan, Mr. Mostaq Ahmed, Project Coordinator of YPSA and of respective project staff and volunteers.

Thirteen different species of samplings were officially handed over to the respected ACiC by the Country Director of Solidar Suisse for the plantation at the damaged hills of the Camp 10.

Attending the inaugural session, Mr. Haricharan Chowdhury showed his high satisfaction appreciating this initiative.

He also recommended to consider the same initiative with larger number of tree plantation at camp 9 where thousands of trees were burnt in a massive fire incident on 22nd March 2021.

Necessity of tree plantation in camp-9 is high which will help recovering the damage of trees and balancing of ecosystem as well as the environment of the camp in Cox’s Bazar, he added.

To plant 3500 trees in the camp, YPSA and Solidar Suisse involved 100 refugees with the support of the CiC, Site Management and Majhis.

In the meantime, 10 local refugee Volunteers were given the responsibility with the leadership of Head Majhi for next several months for regular taking care, watering and to ensure the sustainability.

Besides, CiC office will oversee this monitoring the regular task (taking care) of the volunteers with the support of the project staff accordingly.

This great initiative will be very helpful for the echo system filling the gaps with green saplings at the damaged hills in the camp which is already highly appreciated by the camp authority.

Devastating landslide on 21st July 2021 and flash flood damaged huge number of houses, trees and other infrastructure in almost 34 camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf on 27th July 2021. Mostly in Camp-10, many houses, trees and 6 deaths were recorded because of that landslides and flash flooding.