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  14 Sep 2021, 17:23

RU gains a vast campus with green canopy

   RAJSHAHI, Sept 14, 2021 (BSS)- The Rajshahi University (RU) campus has

gained one of the greenest campuses in the country with over 10,000 trees of
about 600 species and unique land topography.

     The youthful and fresh atmosphere on the campus filled with hope and
dreams surrounds its students and visitors years after years.

     RU Vice-chancellor Prof Golam Sabbir Sattar revealed this while
transplanting a tree sapling at the campus today. RU Science Club initiated
the tree plantation programme.

     Among others, Pro-vice-chancellors Prof Chowdhury Jakaria and Prof
Sultan-ul-Islam and Students Adviser Prof Tereque Nur were present on the
occasion. VC Prof Golam Sattar also said a massive tree plantation can help
reduce carbon emission to a substantial level and that is very important to
face the adverse impact of climate change in the region including its vast
Barind tract.

     There is no alternative to create more forest area which needs adequate
financial support from both national and international donor agencies. An
optimum afforestation could help stop degradation of environment and
biodiversity making the country a safe habitat for all.

     Expanding the country's forest area to 25 percent of the total landscape
will protect Bangladesh from the possible alarming consequences of the
ongoing climate change, he added.

     Institution level tree plantation has a bigger role towards inspiring
the students to more tree plantation leading to protecting the environment
from further degradation.

     This is the time of making the tree plantation popular among the
teachers, guardians and students to sustainable reduction of carbon emission
coupled with mitigating the adverse impact of climate change.

     Stressing the need for formulating a time-befitting policy, Prof Sattar
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.

     Prof Chowdhury Jakaria stressed conducting more research to innovate
newer technologies and ways for adaptation and expanded cultivation of stress
tolerant and high yielding crops through popularising those among the
farmers.

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