Massive tree plantations can help reduce carbon emission at a substantial level, making it a key factor in facing the adverse impact of climate change in the vast Barind tract.
Optimum forestation could help stop degradation of environment and biodiversity making the country a safe habitat for everyone. Expanding the country’s forest area by up to 25% of the total landscape will protect Bangladesh from the possible and alarming consequences of the ongoing climate changes.
Vice-chancellor of Rajshahi University Prof Md Mijanuddin made the observation while inaugurating the month-long tree plantation progrramme in the varsity campus here yesterday as chief guest.
Under the programme, more than 1500 saplings of forest, fruit and herbal trees will be transplanted through the university’s agricultural project, the VC added.
Pro-VC Prof Dr Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan, Treasurer Prof Sayen Uddin, Registrar Prof Entajul Haque and Student Adviser Prof Mijanur Rahman were present on the occasion.
In his remarks, Prof Sarwar Jahan told that there was no alternative to creating more forest areas for which adequate financial support from both national and international donor agencies was required.
Stressing the need for formulating time-befitting policies, he also pointed out that the present impacts of climate change have adversely affected the region’s agriculture, irrigation, navigation, ecology, bio-diversity, weather, environment and underground water levels.