Three adult Royal Bengal Tigers were poisoned to death by poachers at the Sundarbans in last three months, claimed an investigation report of the forest department in the wake of the recovery of three tiger hides on Sunday. The incidents further cast a blow to the recently held census in which the number of tigers living in Sundarbans was counted at 106 – a sharp decline
20 fishermen rescued following gunfight
A total of twenty abducted hilsa fishermen were freed on Thursday, six days after being abducted by pirates on August 11, following a combined operation by joint forces that resulted in a gunfight between law enforcers and suspected pirates at Narkelbaria area under Sundarban east zone.
Law enforcers, however, were unable to arrest any of the pirates during the
Onslaught on mud crabs threatens Sundarbans ecosystem
Though the mud crab is considered as one of the nature’s “ecosystem engineers” for its ability to facilitate habitats and nutrients to other species, a significant proportion of its population is being wiped out every year due to its indiscriminate collection along the coastal belt, particularly in the Sundarbans.
The export of this crab has sharply increased over the last decade, leading to the
Save Sonadia, save Sundarbans
Sonadia Island is one of the biodiversity hotspot of Bangladesh. In 1995, the Government of Bangladesh included a provision for the declaration of Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) in the Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act. Twelve sites are classified as ECAs and guidelines exist to control further damage to these areas. Sonadia is considered ecologically important by the government and in 1999 was declared as an ECA under Environmental Act of
Ramsar Convention: Our obligation
Dr. M.A. Bashar
It is learnt from newspapers very recently that in the Sundarbans area three large constructions will take place which are very dangerous and detrimental to normal functioning of the mangrove forest ecosystem. It means that the interactions between biotic and abiotic factors will be seriously hampered in the ecosystems conservation. The projects are: construction of coal-based electric plant; depot for storage of coal in Phulbari; and a ship-yard covering large area. Already it is protested by various environment related
Tigress rescued, to be released in safari park
A stray Bengal tigress was rescued yesterday morning near Khashitana camp of the Sundarbans. It is seven and a half feet in length and has one of its hind legs cut off from the knee joint, forest officials said.
Wife of Sujuddin, a fisherman at Angtihara village near the forest, saw it first around 6:00pm on Saturday when she entered her house. The tigress was there until the next
The land of beauty
by Mahfuzul Haque
Bangladesh, a South-Asian country wrapped up with great streaming rivers, is indeed a land of green and natural beauty. The land possesses the longest sea beach and is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. Sundarbans is also the biggest mangrove forest in the world. The country, once part of undivided Bengal, is proud of her beautiful heritage and historical relics. Having a population of diverse religions along with tribal people, the land has rich culture and deep-rooted
Sundarbans voted out of 7 wonders race
The four-year-long waiting of the people in Bangladesh and India to see the Sundarbans, the world’s largest single-patch mangrove forest, among the new seven wonders of nature ended in frustration early today.
According to the results announced, the new seven wonders in alphabetic order are Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, Puerto Princesa Underground River and
Voting for Sundarban ends today
Voting by SMS (short message service) to have Sundarbans as one of the seven wonders of nature ends on Friday. State minister for forest and environment Dr Hasan Mahmud has urged all to vote for the Sundarbans, to place it among one of the new seven wonders of nature.
“If Bangladesh can get a place on the selection list of new seven wonders of nature, a revolution
Biodiversity issue glossed over
Dhaka, Delhi signed 2 deals on Sundarbans, tiger; refrained from addressing rising salinity in Bangladesh rivers
None of the two agreements signed between Bangladesh and India on conservation of the Sundarbans and Royal Bengal Tigers addresses the issue of increasing salinity that continues to affect the biodiversity of the mangrove forest on Bangladesh side. Salinity in Pashur, Sibsa and Raimongal rivers running through the Sundarbans has increased over the years, as flow of water in the Gorai river has decreased due to the Farakka barrage on the upstream.
However, the agreement
Hard rot disease affects Pasur trees in Sundarban
Hard rot disease, a fungal infection of plants characterised by lesions with hard surfaces and rotten tissue, is affecting an increasing number of pasur (Xyicarpus mekongensis pirre) trees in different parts of Sundarban, the largest mangrove forest in the world, researchers and experts said.
Forest department officials, however, described it as just a natural process as old trees, which had