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FOREWORD Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is the world’s largest refugee camp. It has been hosting over one million Rohingyas since 25 August 2017. The emergency is putting immense pressure on scarce natural resources in the area, resulting in degraded natural forests, barren hills and an emerging water crisis. This situation demands immediate investments in restoring the environment and ecosystem as part of the Government of Bangladesh’s humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazaar. Sensing the urgency for measures to prevent further degradation and to support early restoration, we, at UNDP, undertook this Environmental Impact Assessment with the aim that it would help development actors programme early response. It is one of our three studies through which we focus on the host community’s needs in the area. Throughout the study, we coordinated closely with field offices of the Department of Environment and Forest Department. Our report highlights key risks to the area’s environment and ecosystem. This includes alarming groundwater depletion and contamination, deforestation of protected areas, loss of wildlife habitat and rapid biomass reduction. Our assessment provides feasible recommendations to slow down and arrest escalating environmental challenges. In doing so, we believe it will help the Government, development partners and relevant policy makers to address long-term consequences following the crisis. As part of the 2018 Joint Response Plan, we have several pipeline projects for restoring the ecology. These are part of our wider approach for assisting Cox’s Bazaar’s host communities. Our other projects include improving community resilience through Cash-for-Work initiatives, supporting governance structures and putting effective solid waste management systems in place. We plan to partner with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, and relevant ministries and agencies to restore the degraded environment and ecosystem. We are pleased that this report has been finalized following extensive consultations and meetings. We hope that the measures proposed in this report will be followed up with concrete action.

SUDIPTO MUKERJEE Country Director UNDP Bangladesh

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