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UNESCO has warned- important natural resources of the Sundarbans could be endangered

UNESCO has warned that the exceptional and globally important natural resources of the Sundarbans could be endangered.
It is perhaps the worst time in the history of this part of the world where the culture has been all about the worship and celebration of nature.
Most disturbing news item in recent times breaks in a Bangladesh main newspaper; Prothom Alo should be quite disturbing that Sundarbans may lose world heritage status sooner or later which is the real coast guard of humanity across political borders in south Asia. Specifically Kolkata survives from tsunami and cyclone just because of the lost mangrove.
Not only Kolkata, Mumbai also lost the mangrove cover just because of the so called growth of Indian open market economy headed by some Mukesh Ambani and his infra interests.
It is perhaps the worst time in the history of this part of the world where the culture has been all about the worship and celebration of nature.
The glaciers are melting, water resources being killed, sea coastline is mutilated all the way from Arabian Sea to Bay of Bengal, deforestation is the name of urbanisation and destruction of agrarian civilization and ethnic cleansing of peasantry is all about growth story.
Nobody cares for ecology or environment; nobody seems concerned to sustain the ecology and environment in defence of weather, bio cycle and climate. We have to live without oxygen and water in near future as humanity should reduce to robotics.
The great Himalayas as well as the Sundarvan has no priority in the day to day life and governance and core areas which have to be protected, are gifted to PPP foreign capital.
  O-  Palash Biswas

Prothom Alo reports:
UNESCO has warned that the exceptional and globally important natural resources of the Sundarbans could be endangered. UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre feared that this forest was at risk due to the construction of Rampal power plant at Bagerhat, vessels navigating through the Sundarbans and industries being set up near the area.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has issued a letter to the government saying that that the Sundarbans would lose its world heritage status if the government failed to protect the natural resources of this forest which was akin to the lungs of Bangladesh. The Sundarbans would then be moved from the ‘world heritage list’ to the ‘endangered world heritage list’.

UNESCO’s world heritage commission has also raised objections to using the river Pasur as a navigation route. Referring to the government’s plans to dredge the river, UNESCO has said that these three activities will harm the natural resources of the Sundarbans.

UNESCO issued a letter to the government in this regard, mentioning that that due to the Rampal power plant and the river channel being started up, more power plants and polluting industries were being planned in the area.

UNESCO has asked for a report by 1 February, detailing the initiatives, which have been taken to protect the Sundarbans.

Pointing out that the power plant, river channel, industries and river dredging would to the Sundarbans irreparable damage, the UN organisation called upon the government to stop these initiatives. It said that no activities should be allowed near the Sundarbans that would cause it irreparable harm.

Read full news on http://en.prothom-alo.com/bangladesh/news/56677/Sundarbans-may-lose-its-heritage-status-UNESCO

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