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I had written about how the Indian and Bangladesh governments were planning on saving the Sunderbans. Recently the West Bengal Chief Minister reiterated the increasing threat of losing an area of Sunderbans completely, due to global warming.

“Areas in the Sundarbans like Basanti and Gosaba in our state have been affected by the rise in the water level of the Bay of Bengal due to global warming. If this continues, a part of the Sundarbans may be lost. This danger is knocking at the door,and the same fate awaits a part of Bangladesh,” Bhattacharjee said at a function organised by the state Pollution Control Board on the occasion of World Environment Day.

Map of Basanti and Gosaba, Sunderbans area. Image Source: http://www.s24pgs.gov.in

The greenish – brown area in the map above is the Sunderbans. Gosaba is a village in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. It is the last inhabited area before the Sunderbans forest start. Basanti is one of the main deltaic islands in the Sunderbans region.

The rising water level is also threatening the habitat of the  Royal Bengal Tiger.

Sunderbans delta. Image Source: http://www.nasa.gov

The danger of losing our biodiversity, and ecospheres is looming large and calls for implementing sustainable solutions in all walks of life from now onwards.  However, it is debatable if the government has begun to take this issue seriously, let alone prepare an action plan to implement. Allocating huge sums of money, without any action and accountability is not of any help.

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