August 6, 2014
Pratima Mandal speaks on the need to protect Sunderbans | Transcript
The Sundarbans is the largest Mangrove forest ecosystem in the world. Annually 2.4 billion tonnes of sediments is transported by the major rivers of Bangladesh. Silt deposition in the northern part of the forest poses a threat to the existence and vigorous growth of mangrove vegetation. Salinity levels have increased in the Sundarbans since the Hathabhanga, Kobadak and other rivers bringing fresh water from the Ganges to the South have silted up excessively thereby losing their connection with the Ganges. The Sunderbans is on the verge of disintegrating and disappearing. I would urge the Minister concerned to take remedial steps to protect the Sundarbans and especially preserve the mangroves.