Due to drought, wildfires and climate change, the water crisis in Barendra region of Rajshahi is getting worse and worse. On the other hand, violence in Barendra region’s social system centered on water has increased more than before. Climate change has also affected the region’s traditional silk industry. Farmers are also facing problems in rearing silkworms, the raw material of the silk industry due to excessive temperature and abnormal temperature fluctuations. It also increased the production cost of the farmers. The impact of climate change is also being observed in lac cultivation, one of the crops of Barendra region.
Yesterday, Monday, this information was given in the meeting entitled ‘Research Presentation and Policy Dialogue on Climate Change and the New Crisis of Barendra Bhoomi’. Development Research Institute Barsik and Barendra Region Public Organization Coordinating Committee organized this rally at Kazlastha Heritage Archives Bangladesh auditorium in Rajshahi at 11 o’clock that day. In the assembly, the preliminary summary of their research and the overall consideration of various crises in Varendra region have emerged.
Barsik recently conducted an exploratory field survey on climate change in Barendra area with local researchers, journalists and related communities. The results of the study were presented at yesterday’s assembly. Local researchers, farmers, development workers, teachers, youth and civil society representatives also participated in the rally.
The researchers said that the negative effects of climate change as well as man-made disasters are causing damage to Varendra’s people and biodiversity. Public health is threatened by the use of unregulated and unregulated chemical pesticides. Even if the farmers are harmed by the use of pesticides, they are not getting fair compensation. To increase food production, the head of government has repeatedly said to increase the use of all types of land. According to the study, the amount of uncultivated land is increasing in some areas due to climate change and local weather and drought in the region. Again, due to lack of water, the production cost of farmers has increased.
Studies have shown that 30 percent of the land in drought-prone areas remains uncultivated in one way or another. Even in some areas more than that remains abandoned land. At the same time marginal farmers are losing land. Through 10 case studies in the study area, from 1971 to June this year, at least 10 families lost 70 percent of their land on an average.
According to the researchers, the negative impact of climate change in Barendra region is more than other regions. According to the Meteorological Office, the temperature in this region is increasing by an average of 1 degree Celsius every year. Intense heat and rain are increasing. As a result, people are facing various losses. Marginalized and minority people are losing their livelihood. People are migrating for the sake of livelihood.
The main article in the gathering said that the Barendra region is a unique heritage land rich in biodiversity and multiculturalism. There are different ethnic groups living here and the coexistence of life and nature. But day by day biodiversity and cultural diversity are decreasing due to regional impact of global climate and man-made factors. Barendra region’s natural diversity, uplands, fields, canals, bils, rivers, ponds, natural reservoirs, forests are under threat today. Various lives and cultures are also under threat, including people who depend on these issues. Violence is increasing day by day as the interdependence of life and nature decreases.