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Unesco team to meet officials Monday on Rampal plant

Dhaka – The three-member high-profile Unesco delegation that visited the Sundarbans to assess the possible impacts of the proposed coal-based Rampal power plant and vessel plying through the mangrove forest left Jessore for Dhaka on Saturday. The ‘Unesco Reactive Monitoring Team’ team, comprising Fanny Adolphinem Douver, Naomi Clare Doak and Mizuki Murai, is scheduled to meet officials of relevant ministries ... Read More »

Plants adapt to climate change better than many thought

Plants respond a bit better to global warming than scientists had thought, according to a new study that suggests their potential contribution to worsening global warming is not likely as bad as researcher believed. When it gets hotter, plants breathe harder. And the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is produced by respiration. That’s why researchers think that as Earth is warmed ... Read More »

Vessel plying thu’ Shela River of the Sunderbans suspended

Dhaka – The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has suspended the plying of vessels through the Shela River following the capsize of a coal-laden cargo vessel in the river at Harintana of the Sundarbans under Mongla upazila. BIWTA Chairman Commodore M Mozammel Haque told reporters on Monday that the Shipping Ministry in an order has asked all the vessel ... Read More »

Coal-laden vessel sinks in Shela River of Sundarbans

Dhaka – A coal-laden cargo vessel sank in the Shela River in Harintana area of the Sundarbans in Mongla upazila on Saturday evening. Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Sundarbans East Zone M Saidul Islam said Khulna-bound cargo vessel ‘Sea Horse’, capsized at Harintana as it collided with some sunken parts of another vessel that sank at the same spot several ... Read More »

For deforestation-free palm oil

The Palm Oil Innovation Group – a collective of companies and organisations which advocate for stronger industry standards on sustainable palm oil – has unveiled a new set of criteria to verify that the commodity is truly deforestation-free. The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG), an international collective of palm oil growers and non-government organisations, on Thursday released new standards to ... Read More »

‘Coal plant threatens world’s largest mangrove forest, Bangladesh’s future’

Mowdud Rahman & Greig Aitken As COP21 has reached its endgame, there are plans to build 2,440 coal-fired power plants around the world, write Mowdud Rahman & Greig Aitken. Their completion would send global temperatures, and sea levels, soaring. Yet Bangladesh, the world’s most ‘climate vulnerable’ large country, has plans for a 1.3GW coal power plant on the fringes of ... Read More »

“Our global strength is our local strength”

Montreux (Switzerland) – “As a grassroots organization, we have extremely important role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as we can deliver them on the ground,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, as he opened the 20th PEFC General Assembly in Montreux, Switzerland. “We can through our work in the forest and with forest-dependent people and ... Read More »

Unplanned navigation degrade Sunderbans, cloak its animal poaching

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The need for making lasting arrangements to secure the Sunderbans forests from oil spill and other abuses by ships navigating through its rivers and canals instead of relying on contingencies to face accidents was emphasised at a follow up meeting on the 2014 oil spill in Dhaka on Tuesday. The follow-up meeting orgnised by the Bangladesh Forest ... Read More »

CPB, BSD ‘Save Sundarbans March’ ends at Bagerhat

The ‘Save Sundarbans March’ which was launched by Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) on October 13 aiming to raise awareness against all environmentally destructive activities in the world’s largest mangrove forest, will be ended in Bagerhat town on Saturday. The march will be concluded through a rally to be held at Old Court Premises in ... Read More »

Forest Deptt lacks capacity to conserve Sunderbans?

Bangladesh Forest Department has little capacity to conserve the Sundarbans, the country’s only natural tiger habitat, admits a top forest official. “The Forest Department lacks the capacity to conserve the Sundarbans…it requires more skilled manpower, arms and ammunition, and training,” chief conservator of forest Mohammad Yunus Ali told a function in the capital. Bangladesh Forest Department organised the event at ... Read More »

Myanmar jails 153 Chinese illegal loggers for life

A court in northern Myanmar has sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison for illegal logging. The group were arrested in January in Kachin state, close to the Chinese border, during a military operation to crack down on illegal logging. Two 17-year-old boys were also given 10-year jail terms, and a woman in the group was given an additional ... Read More »

UN postpones action to halt deforestation under industry pressure

New York: The Global Forest Coalition [1] reacted furiously to the final draft of the Sustainable Development Goals released this week. Despite the fact that most Sustainable Development Goals were agreed upon in July 2014, the latest draft, which will be adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 as the heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda [2] has suddenly ... Read More »

Protect Sunderbans, remove plants, industries, godowns from forest

Speakers at a discussion meeting in Khulna on Saturday stressed the need for building awareness among the people to protect Sunderban, the largest mangrove forest in the world. They urged the government to declare 14th February as the Sunderban Day and observe the day to create awareness for protecting Sunderban. Sunderban Day is being observed on February 14 like previous ... Read More »

Water vessles start plying through Sunderban’s Shela river

The Shela river inside the Sunderbans was opened to movement of water transport vessels barely a month from the oil spill disaster that occured early last month. Environmentalists had been demanding closure of the route through the Sunderbans with a view protecting the world heritage sight from environmental disaster. On December 9, 2014, the oil tanker sank in the river ... Read More »

Damage caused to Sundarbans may go up to Tk 500cr: BNP

The BNP probe panel, formed to investigate the oil-tanker crash in Sundarbans’ Shela River spilling out huge oil, has said the damage done to the Sundarbans due to the government’s reluctance and lack of coordination after the crash may go up to Tk 500 crore. Addressing a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Friday, probe-body chief and BNP ... Read More »

UN experts reach Sunderbans to assess oil-spill impacts

An expert team of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reached Mongla Port, Bagerhat on Monday afternoon to assess the impacts of the oil spill caused by the oil tanker crash to the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. “The UN team reached Mongla Port around 4 pm, and we along with the team will set out a journey by ... Read More »

Nature body for impact study, BNP forms its team on Sunderbans

WildTeam, a nature conservation organisation based in Bangladesh, has urged the authorities concerned to prepare a baseline report on the immediate impact of the oil spill on the Sunderbans which would help assess the ecosystem recovery in the long term. “We hope that the concerned authorities will prepare a baseline report on the immediate impact based on water quality on ... Read More »

Environmental disaster set in motion in the Sunderbans

The furnace oil that spilled in the Sundarbans’s Chandpai range from an oil tanker is gradually being absorbed in the ground leading to a reduction in the volume of the oil in the water, locals have said. The oil spread over around 100 kilometres area six days after  the oil tanker capsized but the oil has reached the forests through ... Read More »

Green activists for immediate steps to remove spilled oil

Green activists from separate demonstrations in the capital and Barisal on Friday demanded that the government take immediate steps to remove oil spilled across a vast area of the Sundarbans from an oil tanker. In the capital, Sundarbans Rakkha Jatiya Committee organised a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club to press for the demand. Speakers at the ... Read More »

Role of mangrove forests in boosting sustainable livelihoods

Susan Rosemary Fenton The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is committed to addressing both the consequences and the root causes of climate change, as stated in its Strategy 2020, and outlined in its 2013-2016 Plan of Action on Climate Change. Vietnam Red Cross (VNRC) is the leading humanitarian organisation in the country with a national ... Read More »

Why rights-based approaches to mitigate deforestation matter

Francesco Martone Deforestation and climate change are human rights issues. Indigenous peoples must be at the forefront of future mitigation and adaptation actions. Forests have been at the centre of climate change negotiations for many years now, in particular in negotiations on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, or REDD+. The Cancun agreements finalised in 2010 at COP16 acknowledged the ... Read More »

India-Bangladesh collaboration can save Sunderbans: Experts

Kolkata: India and Bangladesh must collaborate to facilitate and maintain a flow of fresh water round the year to save the Sunderbans mangrove ecosystem, scientists said here Saturday. Sunderbans is the world’s largest mangrove forest and home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger. More than two-thirds of the forest lies in Bangladesh and the rest in West Bengal. Read More »

Fire wreaks havocs on Sundarbans East Zone

The fire that broke out in the Sundarbans East Zone under Morelganj upazila on Wednesday have burnt down several acres of the mangrove forest. Forest guards first spotted the fire near Gulishakhali Camp under Chandpai Range on Wednesday afternoon. This correspondent visited the affected Paishattishil area of Gulishakhali Camp around 4pm on Thursday and found that the fire was yet ... Read More »