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Protecting the Sundarbans

  • Published at 12:02 am June 17th, 2019
Sundarbans
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There is no denying that the Sundarbans is a crucial part of Bangladeshi heritage 

The fact that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the official advisor on natural World Heritage, has recommended that the Sundarbans be classified as “World Heritage in danger” should worry us all. 

There is no denying that the Sundarbans is a crucial part of Bangladeshi heritage: Not only is it infused with Bangladesh’s identity as a nation, being home to the Bengal tiger, it is also instrumental in preserving the region’s natural ecosystem, to say nothing of the thousands of people whose livelihoods are connected to its existence. 

The fact of the matter is that we as a nation of have been negligent in ensuring that the Sundarbans are preserved as a natural heritage site. 

With severe threats from coal-fired power plants and other industrial activity -- over 150 active industrial projects -- close to the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest is in danger. 

This should come as a wake-up call for the authorities, for whom it would be advisable to make the conservation of the Sundarbans a priority.

With Bangladesh being one of the countries most vulnerable to the detrimental effects of climate change, never has the natural ecosystem of our nation been more important. 

It is up to the authorities now to ensure that governmental policy prioritizes the natural landscape of the Sundarbans, which has given us so much in terms of flora and fauna, and continues to contribute so much to Bangladesh’s identity, economy, and hydrological and ecological dynamics.