A tree plantation initiative by the university authority has led to a rich biodiversity in the campus
The Rajshahi University (RU) campus has gradually become one of the greenest campuses in the country with over 10,000 trees of about 600 species and a unique land topography.
The youthful and fresh atmosphere of the campus, filled with hope and dreams, has been surrounding its students and visitors years after years.
RU Vice Chancellor Prof Golam Sabbir Sattar made the statement while planting a tree sapling at the campus on Tuesday, during a tree plantation program initiated by RU Science Club.
Among others, Pro Vice Chancellors Prof Chowdhury Jakaria and Prof Sultan-ul-Islam and Students Adviser Prof Tareq Nur were present on the occasion. VC 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 creating more forest area, which needs adequate financial support from both national and international donor agencies. An optimum afforestation could help stop degradation of the environment and biodiversity making the country a safe habitat for all.
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Expanding the country's forest area to 25% 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 carry out more tree plantation, which will ultimately protect the environment from further degradation.
This is the time to make tree plantation popular among teachers, guardians and students to sustainably reduce 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, biodiversity, weather, environment and underground water levels.
Prof Chowdhury Jakaria stressed conducting more research to innovate newer technologies and ways for adaptation and cultivation of stress tolerant and high yielding crops by popularizing those among the farmers.