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Think-tank demands urgent action in Dhaka

34A leading think-tank in Bangladesh has called for environmental issues in the country’s textile industry to be addressed as a matter of urgency as declining water levels, continued toxic discharges from dyeing and finishing factories, and a major lack of effluent treatment plants (ETPs) continue to raise serious question marks about the long-term sustainability of
the industry .The Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) was talking at a seminar on environmental sustainability in the Bangladesh textile sector organised with the International Finance Corporation. Also talking at the event were representatives from Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Water PaCT, C&A, and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. Among other things, the seminar called for a new campaign spotlighting the textile industry’s misuse of

harmful chemicals, the creation of a database of importers and distributors of hazardous chemicals and further incentives for adopting cleaner production practices.