Uddin Ahmad, the country representative for the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), believes the new law is a step in the right direction.
“Previously we didn’t have a stringent law to deal with this, but now I think with the law in force and increased awareness on the part of the people, protection will be easier,” he said.
But not everyone agrees.
“This country had plenty of laws to govern the forests but they were never strictly enforced,” said Mohammad Badiuzzaman, at a nearby village. “Mere talking of laws and launching of plans will do little to help save the forest and its inhabitants.”
(Additional reporting by Serajul Quadir; editing by Elaine Lies)