Checking Crimes in Sundarbans: Govt plans to fly drones; Daily Star

The Forest Department has planned to monitor the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a Unesco world heritage site, with drones to check crimes like poaching of tiger and deer.

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Plan underway to monitor Sundarbans with drones; Daily Sun

The Forest Department has  planned  to monitor the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a Unesco world heritage site, with drones to check crimes like poaching of tigers and deer. The department also considers erecting net-fence around the forest to prevent the…

Source: Plan underway to monitor Sundarbans with drones

Sundarbans is lungs of Bangladesh; Daily Star

The High Court yesterday observed that the Sundarbans is the lungs of Bangladesh like the Amazon forest is the lungs of the whole world.

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Bangladesh- Sundarbans escapes relegation to be ‘world heritage in danger’; MenaFN

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s 21-member World Heritage Committee…

Source: Bangladesh- Sundarbans escapes relegation to be ‘world heritage in danger’

China scrubs its own coal projects from ‘world heritage in danger’ decision; Climate Home News

Three coal plants that threaten the Sundarbans tiger habitat were removed from a draft text, while Unesco members declined to list the site as ‘in danger’…

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UNESCO labels Sundarbans of Bangladesh ‘World Heritage in Danger’; Victoria Gatenby; Al Jazeera

The World Heritage Centre of UNESCO has declared largest mangrove forest on earth, the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, as a ‘World Heritage in Danger’ site.

Source: UNESCO labels Sundarbans of Bangladesh ‘World Heritage in Danger’

Sundarbans heritage site status in danger; Reaz Ahmad; Dhaka Tribune

Govt gives green light to 5 cement factories within forest’s ecologically critical area. Unesco heritage body meets in Baku today to decide fate…

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Rampal project anti-constitutional: Sultana Kamal; Daily Sun

The government’s decision to set-up a coal-fired power plant at Rampal goes against the constitution, National Committee for Saving the Sundarbans (NCSS) President Sultana Kamal said on Friday. “Although the constitution says that every decision will be made according to the people’s…

Source: Rampal project anti-constitutional: Sultana Kamal

The 2019 nominees for UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites are out; Miren Gonzalez; The Independent

The 2019 nominees for UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites are out

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

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

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Sundarbans on List of ‘Natural Sites in Danger’; NewsGram

Sundarbans on list of ‘natural sites in danger’ as Bangladesh has continued implementing a coal-fired power plant project near forest.

Source: Sundarbans on List of ‘Natural Sites in Danger’ | NewsGram

Unesco labels Sundarbans ‘World Heritage in Danger’; Daily Star

The World Heritage Centre of Unesco has declared largest mangrove forest on earth, the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, as a “World Heritage in Danger” site.

Source: Unesco labels Sundarbans ‘World Heritage in Danger’

Four poachers shot dead in Bangladesh mangrove gunfight; AFP

Four people accused of poaching threatened Bengal tigers were shot dead by Bangladesh police on Wednesday during a gunfight in a mangrove forest, officials said. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) police challenged armed men on a boat in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, spokesman Mizanur…

Source: Four poachers shot dead in Bangladesh mangrove gunfight

Explore the world’s largest mangrove forest; Susannah Savage; National Geographic

Get off the beaten path in the Bangladeshi Sundarbans.

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The Sundarbans to get four new tourist zones; SM Shamsur Rahman; Dhaka Tribune

This has been decided to accommodate growing tourism at the UNESCO World Heritage Site…

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Sundarbans forest in danger says UN expert, advises Bangladesh govt to take action; Newsheads

The Sundarbans mangrove forest which is one of the largest contiguous forests in the world is under threat by “heedless industrialisation”, according to a UN rights expert. Situated in the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers, the forest is home to several endangered species. But concerning the growing threat on this UNESCO World Heritage Centre, UN has recommended Government of Bangladesh to halt the industrialisation process, as of now.

Source: Sundarbans forest in danger says UN expert, advises Bangladesh govt to take action – www.newsheads.in

Environmental movement: save Sundarbans, Bangladesh; AKM Shihab; LibCom

Being the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans are rich in biodiversity. Bangladesh has declared three dolphin sanctuaries within the Sundarbans. “One of them is very close to the proposed plant,” says wildlife expert Ronald Halder in Dhaka. Effluent from the plant and coal transportation will severely impact the sanctuaries, adds Halder.

The Sundarbans is a cluster of low-lying islands in the Bay of Bengal, spread across India and Bangladesh, famous for its unique mangrove forests. The Sundarbans is a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal and considered one of the natural wonders of the world. It was recognised in 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bangladesh. it is Located in the delta region of Padma, Meghna and Brahmaputra river basins, this unique forest extends across Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat districts of Bangladesh and South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal, India. The Sundarbans contain the world’s largest coastal mangrove forest, with an area of about 10,000 km2 (3,900 sq mi), of which about 6,000 km2 (2,300 sq mi) are located in Bangladesh and about 4,000 km2 (1,500 sq mi) in India.

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New findings could rewrite Bangladesh’s history; Al Jazeera

Bangladesh – The Sundarbans

Traces of human presence dating back some 1,000-1,200 years have been found in the world’s largest coastal mangrove forest in southwest Bangladesh, according to local and foreign researchers.

The remains of the near-ancient buildings were discovered in five places within the Sundarbans forest, and various artefacts have also been found in forest areas up to 83 kilometres away.

These findings were revealed by a local independent researcher, Ism Azam.

New Chapter 

Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, an archaeologist at Jahangirnagar University and executive director of Oitihya Onneswan (Explore the Heritage), an archaeological research group, told Anadolu news agency that this discovery adds a new chapter to the history of Bangladesh.

“If a deeper study of those structures is done, we may uncover many facts about the Sundarbans and the history of this land.

“More in-depth research is needed to determine how long and exactly when they were here,” he added.

Comilla University archaeologist Shohrab Uddin, also at Oitihya Onneswan, said the discovery will add a new dimension to the Sundarbans’ history.

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Spotted deer found in human habitat in Sundarbans; Hedait Hossain; Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh – The Sundarbans

A chitral (spotted) deer was found in front of a house at Ramnagar village of Dashghar area in Dakop upazila near the Sundarbans on Sunday morning.

A member of the Sundarbans Community Patrol Group (CPG), Zahidul Islam Gazi, said: “The deer jumped into a pond by being scared by the presence of people. But it was later rescued by the locals.”

When informed, Abu, Kailashganj police outpost in-Charge, came to the spot, and released the deer inside the Sundarbans around 1pm.

However, yet another deer was found near a house on the same day. The second deer was similarly set free with the help of forest officials and locals.

According to Abu, the two deer might have entered the village after losing their way in the night fog. Meanwhile, locals believe the deer might have entered the village in search of food.

A local said this was the first time any deer had entered inside their village. Previously in 2003, a tiger swam across the river to the village, and injured four goats before being beaten to death by locals.

Source: Spotted deer found in human habitat in Sundarbans | Dhaka Tribune

Move underway to conduct Unesco-prescribed survey in Sundarbans; Sadrul Hasan; UNB

Bangladesh – The Sundarbans

The government has planned to conduct the Unesco-prescribed Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in the Sundarbans and adjoining areas to assess the cumulative impacts of development in the world’s largest mangrove forest for going ahead with the 1320 MW coal-fired Rampal Power Plant projects and other industrial schemes.

According to official sources, the government has moved for such a comprehensive study following the Unesco Resolution (Decision 38 COM 7Bb.64 and 39 COM 7B.8) adopted at the 41st session of World Heritage Committee in Poland in July last.

In response to the move to implement the Rampal and some other industrial projects near the Sundarbans, the Unesco resolution asked Bangladesh to conduct the SEA to assess the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts at a landscape and regional scale and uphold its Outstanding Universal Value (OVU).

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