POST TIME: 7 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Climate change adaptation
Massive tree plantation stressed

Massive tree plantation stressed

RANGPUR: Government officials and experts at a post-rally discussion have stressed on massive tree plantation to adapt climate change side by side with improving environment, ecology and bio-diversity, reports BSS.

They made these observations at the discussion at the inaugural ceremony of a fortnight-long ‘Divisional Wood, Fruit and Medicinal Tree Fair -2018’ held on Zila School ground here on Thursday.

The district administration jointly with Social Forestry Division and Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are organising the fair to create awareness on importance of tree plantation to mitigate adverse impacts of climate change for a safer planet.

Different government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), nursery owners and entrepreneurs have set up fifty stalls on the fairground displaying saplings of many varieties of fruit, timber and medicinal plants.

Earlier, a procession, participated by officials and employees of the divisional and district administrations, DAE, Department of Forest (DoF), nursery owners, students, teachers and farmers, was brought out on the city streets.

Divisional Director of the Local Government Division Zakir Hossain formally inaugurated the fair by cutting ribbon and addressed the discussion as the chief guest with Divisional Forest Officer Rafikuzzaman Shah in the chair.

Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib, Regional Additional Director of DAE Md Shah Alam and its District Training Officer Aftab Hossain, President of city Awami League Shafiur Rahman Shafi, addressed as special guests.

Rafikuzzaman Shah said natural calamities like cyclones, tsunamis, droughts and floods were frequently occurring mainly due to climate change and threatening environment, ecology and agriculture.

“Massive tree plantation could protect environment, ecology and biodiversity making the planet a safe abode for all to save many living species like animals, birds, insects, aqua animals and fishes from extinction,” he said.

He also narrated beneficial aspects of forests and important role of trees in human life citing examples of the Sundarbans that saved millions of lives when the sidr hit the coastal belts of the country in 2007.

The chief guest urged every citizen to plant at least three tree saplings to improve environment along with meeting nutritional demand and getting economic benefits to speed up national development.