The Bangladesh Ministry of Environment and Forests has announced the long-awaited Environment Policy keeping in view the concept of sustainable development through conservation of nature and environmental protection. This policy stresses the need for people's participation in implementing environmentally friendly conservation and development programs in pursuit of realizing the following objectives: to maintain ecological balance through protection and development of the environment; to protect the country from natural calamities; to identify and control all activities causing environmental pollution, erosion and degradation; to ensure adoption of environmentally sound development modes in all spheres of life; to ensure sustainable use of all national resources, and to take part in all international initiatives related to environment.