Conservation of natural resources has become an urgent task for addressing the adverse impacts of climate change which is being adjudged as a major threat to the region in the present context. Environmental scientists and researchers said there is no way but to conserve the natural resource in the region particularly the vast Barind tract to face the adverse impact of climate change, reports BSS.
Prof Redwanur Rahman of Institute of Environmental Sciences in Rajshahi University (RU) said large number of water-bodies have become derelict due to the adverse impact of climate change posing a serious threat to ecosystem with living and livelihood condition of the people.
He said there are a lot of beels and ponds in Barind area and if those had been re-excavated properly, all the farming lands could have been brought under irrigation with conserved water round the year.
He stressed the need for re-excavating the derelict water-bodies and wetlands for conservation of surface water to maintain ecological balance in the region.
Prof Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan of Geology and Mining Department of RU said there were many indigenous paddy varieties which required less or no irrigation. But, the eco-friendly varieties are now on the verge of extinction. He stated that the rain-fed transplanted Aman paddy has now become totally depended on irrigation that triggers huge pressure on underground water table.
Time has come to build wider network beyond the higher education institutions and creating platform for open dialogue to initiate regional research programmes on regional problems and solution.
Importance should be given to capacity building to address climate change in the region with special reference to conservation of drought tolerant species.
Prof Bidhan Chandra Das of Department of Zoology of RU referred to evidence-based method to support natural resource conservation in the dried area and its prospects and challenges.
Besides, Prof Das viewed that Bangladesh as well as other developing countries needs more academics and experts to have better training and clear understanding on conserving natural resources.
Obviously, we have to devise ways and means on how to cope with
the adverse impact of climate
change. Integrated approach has become an urgent need to mitigate the adverse impact.