Call for more research to protect environment

22nd March, 2019 10:01:18 printer

RAJSHAHI: Academics and experts concerned here unequivocally called for more in-depth research on environment to protect it from further degradation in the region including its vast Barind tract, reports BSS.

Adverse impact of climate change has been posing a serious threat to the region’s environment and overall living and livelihood condition of people. So, the experts opined in-depth research has become an urgent need to explore the ways and means to cope with the adverse situation.

They came up with the observation while addressing the opening ceremony of a daylong First Reunion- 2019 of Rajshahi University (RU) Geography and Environmental Studies Alumni Association at RU campus here on Friday.

To mark the celebration, the alumni members took out a large rally on the university campus with the ‘Green Earth, Green Life’ theme.

RU Vice-chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan and its Pro-VC Prof Ananda Kumar Shaha addressed the session as the chief and special guests respectively with Prof Rezaur Rahman, Chairman of Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and Convener of Alumni Convening Committee, in the chair.

Dean of Life and Earth Science Faculty Prof Nazrul Islam and Member Secretary of the Alumni Convening Committee Prof Masud Parvej Rana also spoke.

Prof Sobhan urged the environmental scientists and researchers to evolve need-based technologies of promoting less-water consuming crops in Barind areas to lessen the gradually mounting pressure on groundwater. Substantial and sustainable promotion of less-water consuming crops could be the effective means of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through mitigating water-stressed condition in the drought-prone Barind region.

He also mentioned that large-scale reduction of plastic pollution can be the vital means of protecting water bodies and environment as well from further degradation.

Prof Sobhan expressed concern over an increasing use of plastics for packaging perishable foods and called for creating public awareness to prevent environmental degradation that severely threatens existence of the whole planet, its habitation and civilization.