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Call to protect biodiversity

Staff Correspondent

13 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Speakers at a programme have laid emphasis on initiating necessary environment-friendly steps to protect biodiversity of the country.

“We need to focus more on research and environment-friendly steps to protect our biodiversity,” they said.

The speakers were addressing a seminar titled ‘Consequence on destroying biodiversity; Civilisation in threats’ at National Museum of Science and Technology (NMST) in the capital on Wednesday.

In his speech, Professor Dr Niamul said, “Despite being a country of numerous water bodies, the number of home bred (native) fishes is reducing in Bangladesh. Necessity of protein can be met by eating Mola fish alone. Species of many native fishes are becoming extinct due to hybrid culture.”

“The number of tigers is falling sharply because of the destruction forest areas in the country,” he added. Director General of NMST Muhammad Munir Chowdhury said, “No matter whatever the situation of urbanisation is, we have to protect our nature and environment. Millions of sparrows live in Dhaka city. These birds can survive if the city dwellers arrange little foods on their verandah or roof for them.”

Among others, NMST Director Md Imtiaz Hossain, Chief Display Officer Maksuda Begum and Curator Sukolyan Bachhar also spoke at the event.