Call for massive tree plantation to adapt to climate change
PANCHAGARH, July 20: Speakers during the inauguration of a 10-day-long National Tree Plantation Campaign on Saturday said massive tree plantation can help mitigate adverse impact of climate change through improving environment, ecology and biodiversity. They also called for planting more fruit-bearing trees on homesteads and other open spaces to increase production of fruits and protect the environment from the catastrophe of climate change.
They expressed the view at the launching ceremony of the campaign and a 'Wood, Fruit and Medicinal Tree Fair-2019' on government auditorium premises in the district town.
District administration, Social Forestry Division, Department of Forest (DoF) and Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) have been jointly organising the campaign and fair.
Earlier, a rally, participated by officials and employees of the administrations, DAE, DoF, agriculture-related organisations, NGOs, nursery owners, students and farmers, was brought out on the streets.
Railway Minister Advocate Md Nurul Islam Sujon inaugurated the fair as chief guest with Deputy Commissioner of Panchagarh Sabina Yasmin in the chair.
Among others, lawmaker of Panchagarh-1 Constituency Md Mojaharul Huq Prodhan, Police Super Mohammad Yusuf Ali, Deputy Director of Panchagarh DAE Abu Hanif, and Divisional Forest Officer Abdur Rahman addressed as special guests.
AL leaders ATM Sarwar Hossain and Abbas Ali also spoke in the meeting.
Different government and non-governmental organisations, nursery owners and entrepreneurs set up 25 stalls in the fair.
The chief guest said massive forestation through tree plantation can create an eco-friendly green nature for adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change and bringing ecological equilibrium for attaining sustainable economic development.
He urged students, youths and common people for planting at least three tree saplings annually in their educational institutions, homes, roadsides and fallow lands.
He said natural catastrophes like super cyclones, tsunamis, bush fires, droughts and devastating floods are taking place mainly due to climate change threatening environment, ecology, agriculture and different sectors.
"Massive tree plantation can protect environment, ecology and biodiversity side by side with saving many living species including animals, birds, insects, aqua animals and fishes from extinction," he said.
He asked for massive forestation, covering 25 per cent of total landscape, to get rid of alarming consequences of climate change and protect the country and its environment in the greater interest of future generations.