The government says the World Heritage Committee of Unesco has withdrawn its earlier objection to the construction of the coal-based Rampal power plant project at its current location.
It has also refrained from adding the Sundarbans to the List of World Heritage in Danger. The decision was made at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee being held in Krakow, Poland, says a press release issued from the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
“After a long deliberation, the committee endorsed Bangladesh’s decision to construct Rampal power plant at its current location with necessary mitigation measures,” the release read.
The committee also welcomed a number of steps taken by Bangladesh since 2016 to ensure conservation of the Sundarbans World Heritage Property.
A delegation led by prime minister’s Energy Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury is participating in the meeting to defend Bangladesh’s position.
At the request of the committee, Bangladesh agreed to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the South-West region of the country, including the Sundarbans.
The 21-member World Heritage Committee decides on whether a cultural or natural site should be inscribed on the World Heritage List, monitors the state of conservation of the inscribed heritage sites, and can place a site on the World Heritage in Danger if found that the site is not being properly managed by the concerned state.