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Extensive tree plantation stressed to reduce carbon emission
Published :Sunday, 26 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 15

RAJSHAHI, July 25: Massive tree plantation can help reduce carbon emission at a substantial level and that is very important to protect ecological balance in the dried region, speakers at a post-rally discussion said here on Saturday.
They viewed that there is no alternative to creating more forest area to address the adverse impacts of climate change caused by global warming.
They were addressing the inaugural session of a fortnight-long Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair-2015 being held at the Green Plaza of City Bhaban in Rajshahi.
Social Forestry Division (SFD) and Office of the Deputy Commissioner jointly organized the campaign with a call to make the tree plantation campaign a social movement.
Commissioner of Rajshahi division Helaluddin Ahmed addressed the session as the chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury in the chair.
In his welcome speech, Divisional Forest Officer Azit Kumar Rudra gave an overview of the tree fair and narrated the achievements of forestry activities in the region.
Conservator of Forest Abdul Mabud, Chief Executive Officer of Rajshahi City Corporation Ajahar Ali and President of Nursery Owners Association Shaheduzzaman Sarker also spoke.
The speakers said optimum afforestation could help stop degradation of environment and biodiversity making the country a safe habitat for all.
Expanding the country's forest area by up to 25 percent of the total landscape will protect Bangladesh from the possible alarming consequences of the ongoing climate changes, they added.
All people irrespective of age, sex, creed and cast should plant at least three saplings around their respective homesteads or on any open space to help maintain environmental and ecological balance and save the region from the wrath of any natural catastrophe.
The state minister said there is no alternative to planting more saplings to protect the ecological balance, after facing the adverse effect of Farakka barrage in the region. He asked all concerned to put in their best efforts to make the region green by increasing the forest area.
Different government and non-government organizations and individuals including nursery owners and local entrepreneurs set up 50 stalls on the fairground displaying saplings of over 100 varieties, including 40 indigenous plants of fruit-bearing timber and medicinal trees.    ?BSS

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