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Biodiversity conservation in Barind tract stressed

RAJSHAHI, Dec 6, 2017 (BSS)- Academics and researchers in a post-rally discussion voiced for time-befitting and effective measures for biodiversity conservation in the region including its vast Barind tract.

They mentioned that the biodiversity is gradually declining due to various natural and manmade catastrophes posing a serious threat to the whole ecosystem.

Bangladesh Biodiversity Conservation Federation (BBCF) organised the meeting at Nanking Darbar Hall here on the occasion of its third founding anniversary today. Ten persons were given BBCF Awards- 2017 in recognition of their laudable contribution to this field.

Conservator of Forest Jahidul Islam addressed the meeting as chief guest with BBCF President SM Iqbal in the chair.

Prof Bidhan Chandra Das, Professor Jalal Uddin Sarder and Dr Hemayetul Islam from Rajshahi University, Director of National Botanical Garden Mollah Rezaul Karim, Divisional Forest Officer SM Sazzad Hossain and Chairman of Save the Nature and Life Mijanur Rahman also spoke.

During his concept paper presentation, Prof Bidhan Chandra Das said school, college and university level students need proper knowledge about the importance of biodiversity,natural resource conservation and climate change issues so that they can contribute to this field.

To this end, there should be time-befitting measures and institutional learning for them as there is no way but to natural resource conservation in the region to face the adverse impact of climate change for the greater interests of new and future generation.

In the wake of abnormal declining of natural resources like native crop seeds, fish and birds species and other wildlife, conservation of natural resources has become indispensable for facing the adverse impacts of climate change.

Prof Bidhan Das opined that many native crops and vegetable varieties are gradually declining. Many of the native fish species, particularly the small indigenous ones are on the verge of extinction due to various reasons.

Importance should be given to capacity building to address climate change in the region with special reference to conservation of drought tolerant species.