The zoologist also urged people living upstream and downstream of rivers to raise their voice against the pollution
Green Planet, a non-profit organization, organized a meeting at the Bangabandhu Hall of Chittagong Press Club on Sunday, marking World Rivers Day.
Addressing the meeting as chief guest, eminent zoologist Dr Anisuzzaman said the rivers of the country have to be protected from pollution and encroachment to save mankind and biodiversity.
The zoologist also urged people living upstream and downstream of rivers to raise their voice against the pollution.
Speaking as the keynote speaker, Prof Dr Manzoorul Kibria also dwelt on river pollution and biodiversity.
“Bangladesh is literally a riparian country. Our existence is intertwined with that of rivers. So, we should be vocal against river pollution and encroachment,” said Dr Kibria.
Noted Karnaphuli researcher, Prof Dr Edris Ali, said: “Toxic waste released from 300 mills and factories of 17 industrial zones of Chittagong is being dumped into the Karnaphuli and Halda rivers every day. It will take a heavy toll on mankind and biodiversity.”
Presiding over the meeting, Mizanur Rahman, convener of Green Planet, thanked the government for taking the decision to declare Halda the Bangabandhu Fisheries Heritage.