Speakers at a discussion in Rajshahi on Saturday laid importance on sustainable land management for food security and called for evolving necessary ways and means to protect lands from further degradation.
Land was a very important component of the environment and land use change, and land degradation was now being considered a serious threat to sustainable development and food security of the county, they said at training workshop here on Saturday.
The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority organised the workshop under the Establishing National Land Use and Land Degradation Profile towards Mainstreaming SLM Practices in Sector Policies project at its conference hall.
Addressing the opening session of the workshop, BMDA chairperson Akram Hossain Chowdhury said that ensuring prudent use of land resources had become a major challenge as the amount of agricultural land was shrinking at an alarming rate.
He laid importance on evolving time-befitting ways and means to protect lands from further degradation against the backdrop of increasing demand for land for development purposes and multipurpose uses.
Project director of the Department of Environment Shohrab Ali said that the workshop had been designed to secure healthy environment for the benefit of present and future generations.
Productivity of land was declining largely because of inappropriate agricultural use and top soil loss, he said.
By and large, the amount of land available for cultivation was declining fast, he added.
Project coordinator Jalal Uddin Soaib, in his keynote speech, gave an overview of the project and its implementation strategy while BMDA executive director Abdur Rashid was in the chair.
Jalal said that the two-year project intended to increase understanding of people about land use and state of land degradation alongside mainstreaming SLM in every sector.
As a whole, the scheme will focus on land degradation and other critical environmental hazards and demonstrate practical solutions through awareness building and engagement of stakeholders, organisers said.
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