Plant diversity conservation in Bangladesh tract stressed

RAJSHAHI, Feb 4, 2017 (BSS)-Scientist, researchers and academics in a discussion voiced for time-befitting and effective measures for conservation of both plant diversity and biodiversity in the country including its vast Barind tract.

They mentioned that the diversities are gradually declining now due to various natural and manmade catastrophes posing a serious threat to the whole ecosystem. So, there should be a campaign and state level interventions.

They were addressing the inaugural session of a daylong conference titled "Status, Policy and Management of Plant Diversity in Bangladesh" in Rajshahi University (RU) today.

Bangladesh Botanical Society (BBS) organized the conference to mark the celebration of its annual Botanical Conference-2016.

RU VC Prof Md Mijanuddin and Pro-VC Prof Chowddhury Sarwar Jahan addressed the session as the chief and special guests respectively with BBS Vice-president Prof Atiqur Rahman in the chair.

Dean of Life and Earth Science Faculty Prof Saiful Islam Faruqui, Director of Institute of Biological Sciences Prof Monzur Hossain and Secretary General of BBS Prof Shamimul Alam also spoke on the occasion.

Prof Mijanuddin said school, college and university level students need proper knowledge about the importance of plant and biodiversity, natural resource conservation and climate change issues so that they can contribute to this field.

To this end, there should be time-befitting measures and institutional learning for them as there is no way but to natural resource conservation in the region to face the adverse impact of climate change for the greater interests of new and future generation.

In the wake of abnormal declining of natural resources like native crop seeds, fish and birds species and other wildlife, conservation of natural resources has become indispensable for facing the adverse impacts of climate change.

He opined that many native crops and vegetable varieties are gradually declining. Many of the native fish species, particularly the small indigenous ones are on the verge of extinction due to various reasons.

Importance should be given to capacity building to address climate change in the region with special reference to conservation of drought tolerant species.

More than 200 scientists, researchers and academics concerned are taking part in the conference. Around 56 research papers are expected to be presented in two technical sessions there.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)