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TIB concerned as Sundarbans set to be declared ‘World Heritage in Danger’

  • Published at 07:27 pm June 17th, 2019
File photo of tigers in Sundarbans Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

TIB calls for a halt to Rampal power, similar projects in the area

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed concerns over the future of the Sundarbans, as Unesco recently expressed plans to declare the mangrove area as a “World Heritage in Danger.”

“The proposal to declare the Sundarbans as a World Heritage in Danger at the 43rd session of its World Heritage Committee proves that projects like the Rampal Power Plant and other such projects has put the Sundarbans at risk,” TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said in a statement released on Monday.

The statement also called for a halt to all activities related to the establishment of coal-based power plants in Rampal, Taltoli and Kalapara and said immediate steps should be taken to implement the action plan adopted by the Unesco World Heritage Committee.

Saying the government’s commitment to achieve sustainable development was contradictory to projects like Rampal, Dr Iftekharuzzaman said all necessary measures must be taken immediately to save the Sundarbans from destruction.