In her inaugural speech, professor Rasheda Akhtar said that in order to protect insects and biodiversity, nature, human beings and the social environment must be protected. “Everyone should be aware of this”.

The day-long fair featured a drawing competition for children, a photography exhibition, a butterfly exhibition, a butterfly identification competition, a debate and a documentary on butterflies and their habitat.

This year, Md Hasmot Ali, a preservationist from Sirajganj, was conferred the ‘Butterfly Award-2021’ for his contribution towards conserving butterflies.

Besides, the ‘Butterfly Young Enthusiast-2021 Award’ was given to Ashikur Rahman Sami, a student of the Zoology department of Dhaka University.

The organiser of Butterfly Fair 2021, professor Md Monwar Hossain, said in order to protect the butterfly, the natural environment has to be saved.

Earlier, about 400 species of butterflies were seen in Bangladesh but now the number has declined, he said. “If people are mindful of nature, the environment will be protected and butterflies will also be protected.”

The Zoology department of the university organised the fair with the slogan “Urley Akashe Projapoti, Prokriti Pai Natun Goti (If the butterflies could fly in the sky, nature will be rejuvenated)” in association with Cute Ltd, Prokriti O Jibon Foundation and private television channel, Channel-I.

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