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Proper land, agriculture management must for sustainable development
RAJSHAHI, April 10 (BSS)- Proper management of water, land, agriculture and public health has become imperative for sustainable development of Rajshahi region, said the speakers at a workshop here today.

They viewed that various natural and manmade catastrophes alongside the adverse impact of climate change have been posing a serious threat to the living and livelihood.

Department of Environment under its 'Drafting Committee for Preparation of Country Report on Sustainable Development programme' organised the workshop styled "Rio+20: Progress, Remaining Gaps and Future Directions for Sustainable Development in Bangladesh" at Circuit House conference hall.

United Nations Development Programme supported the workshop
were some 100 persons representing government and non-government
organisations, research and academic institutions, professional groups and media houses attended.

Mayor of Rajshahi AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, who addressed the
inaugural session as the chief guest, mentioned that the degradation of natural resources hit the very basis of activities essential for survival.

He called for international cooperation to accelerate sustainable development in Bangladesh.

Mayor Liton stressed the need for protecting and promoting human health conditions together with promoting sustainable human settlement development and integrating environment in decision making.

He also stressed capital dredging in the Padma and re- excavation of the derelict ponds and canals and lesser emission of greenhouse gas for minimizing the climate change impact.

"More field level research on global warming and integrated crop management and problems and mitigation should be promoted in the region," said Mayor Liton.

Commissioner of Rajshahi division Abdul Mannan and Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Abdul Hannan also spoke at the session
chaired by Begum Afrin Akter, Divisional Director of Department of Environment, Rajshahi.

In his keynote presentation, BIDS Consultant Dr Asaduzzaman gave an overview of the draft country report while Prof Rakib Ahmed, Director of Institute of Environmental Sciences of Rajshahi University, moderated the technical session.
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