The 2017 Sundarbans Day was observed on Tuesday in coastal districts including Khulna in a befitting manner, reports BSS.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness among people about the importance of protecting the world's largest mangrove forest.
With a slogan," Love Sundarbans on the Valentine’s Day" the day is unofficially observed on February 14 every year since 2001 with various programmes.
Different organisations in the coastal districts of Khulna, Bagerhat, and Satkhira observed various programmes to mark the day.
Jointly organised by the Department of Forest and Sundarbans Academy, a discussion was held at the Jatisangha Shishu Park with Khulna Divisional Commissioner Md Abdus Samad in the chair.
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Khulna 2 MP Mizanur Rahman Mizan addressed the meeting as chief guest while Khulna zila parishad Chairman Sheikh Harun-ur-Rashid, Forest Conservator Zaheer Uddin Ahmed, Khulna University Professor Dr Deelip Dutta, Khulna Press Club President SM Habib, USAID Bagh Activity Chief of Party Gary F Collins and West Divisional Forest Officer Md Sayeed Ali, among others attended the meeting.
Earlier, a colourful procession led by the deputy commissioner of Khulna brought out from Royal intersection and ended at Jatisangha Shishu Park after parading through the city streets.
Later, the chief guest distributed prizes among the winners of children's art competition and debate competition.
The Sundarbans is the country's only natural tiger habitat and a popular tourism spot with its attractive mangrove landscape.
It is the largest reserve forest for tigers and a place of unique ecosystem, flora and fauna.