Sunderbans: the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world – West Bengal

Deccanherald.com 7 July 2011

The clock ticks for the Sunderbans and the Royal Bengal tiger
Prasanta Paul in Kolkata

At least 15 per cent of the Sunderbans will be submerged by 2020 and neglecting the area further can have global implications

Sunderbans in West Bengal is the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world and is a World Heritage Site. The mangrove forest is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mud flats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangroves. The area is better known as the home of the Royal Bengal tiger.

But the mangrove is facing threat now due to neglect. “At least 15 per cent of the Sunderbans will be submerged by 2020 and neglecting the area further can have global implications as it is highly vulnerable to climate change,” warns a UNDP […]

Prepared by the District Human Development Report (DHDR) of North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts in partnership with the West Bengal government’s development and planning department and the Planning Commission, the report says the Sunderbans region was the worst performing in terms of human development indicators among all the other regions of the district. […]

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