The forests of Bangladesh were at one time home to about 5000 species of flowering plants at the confluence of Peninsular India, the Himalayas, and Indo-China floristic regions. Primary forests used to be the main source for a wide variety of consumptive and non-consumptive products and services. In addition to the consumptive and non-consumptive uses, primary forests possess many ecological and environmental, social, cultural, religious, aesthetic, and recreational value systems, and promise for biodiversity conservation. About 30% of the primary forests of Bangladesh have disappeared during the last 50 years due to high population pressure, low agricultural productivity, poor human resource development, and lack of employment opportunities. Once heavily forested, Bangladesh is now almost devoid of forest vegetation with a cover less than 7% of the total land area. Continued degradation and loss of Bangladesh’s primary forest have created major gaps between demand and supply of basic forest resources. In addition, fragmentation and conversion of forestlands into non-forest use have resulted in greatly reduced biodiversity. Yet, restoring tree cover and expanding the state forestlands is not possible because the official boundary of remaining forests has already been demarcated. Despite governmental interest to improve forest condition, the sustainable supply of forest resources and conservation of biodiversity in Bangladesh will require major contributions particularly from academicians, researchers, scientists, conservation activists, and people of all stakes in general. To cater with these needs, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline launched its academic activities since 1992.
The University is in close proximity to the Sundarbans, – the single largest tract of mangrove forest in the world. It accounts for about 40% of the state owned forest in Bangladesh. It is well known for its amazingly rich biodiversity and protection against the natural calamities. This is very crucial time for us to protect such important resources to save our life and property. We are continuously focusing our most researches on the mangrove Sundarbans. The discipline is in strategic position to the forest deficient northern region of the country where government has been emphasizing forest extension and social forestry programs. Given these geographic considerations, our specific mission to provide quality education and research stresses on mangrove forestry, agroforestry, social forestry, forest tree improvement, wood science and technology along with due balance thrust on core forestry areas.
Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline at this moment composed of 24 faculty members of which 13 have PhD in various fields of forestry and another 4 have been pursuing their PhD in reputed universities/institutes around the world. Those already have PhD possess excellent expertise and experiences in researches related to various fields of forestry and wood science. Those currently have been pursuing their PhD also focusing the on the said field of study where they are trying to further expand the knowledge to innovate new technologies. Each of the faculty members have been regularly publishing articles in reputed peer reviewed journals, periodicals, and books in their relevant field of expertise. The Faculty members, graduates and current students of the discipline have been participating and presenting research findings in national and international seminars, workshops and conferences. Graduates of the discipline have been serving satisfactorily in various government, non-government, and corporate institutions/organizations in home and abroad. They also have completed and been pursuing higher studies in well reputed universities/institutes around the world. We have established applied forest ecology, entomology, genetics and tissue culture, forest inventory, and wood science laboratories in the discipline for conducting researches by the faculty and student. Though we have resources limitation in those laboratories, but we are trying to develop facilities in there over time.
Education and research for saving and expanding our scarce forest resources ensuring its sustainable development and conservation.
Teaching and Research in the various fields of forestry and wood science for the creation, care, conservation and utilization of forest resources towards the sustainable forest sector development in Bangladesh.