More than one lakh palm tree saplings were planted everywhere in Tanore Upazila of the district yesterday to free the area from thunderbolt risk.
People of around 232 institutions, organizations and others concerned including school and college students joined the tree plantation activities from 10 am to 2 pm spontaneously.
Bangladesh Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), an NGO, and Barind Region Peoples-organizations Coordination Committee (BRPCC) jointly took the initiative with the main thrust of protecting the environment from the adverse impact of climate change.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shawkat Ali and Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award winning farmer Nur Muhammad opened the programme at Upazila Parishad compound through planting a sapling there.
BMDA Assistant Engineer Shariful Islam, Education Officer Amirul Islam, Social Service Officer Matinur Rahman, Youth Development Officer Md Sadikuzzaman and Forest Officer Debashish Day were present there.
BARCIK Barind Region Coordinator Shahidul Islam said importance of palm tree is very high to face various natural calamities like thunderbolt, drought and top soil losses. Time has come to enhance the number of palm trees to prevent the loss of lives and assets caused by thunderbolt every year.
Fury of nature has been causing various natural disasters like tornado, droughts, floods and other natural calamities for a long time due to climate change threatening habitation, environment, ecology and agriculture.
“Massive tree plantation and increasing forest resources area could protect environment, ecology and bio-diversity to halt the deteriorating situation and save many living species of animals, birds, insects and other flora and fauna including fishes from extinction,” added the development activist, reports BSS from Rajshahi.