Preserving Sundarbans Ecosystem

The Sundarbans is the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest and a designated world heritage site. Shared by Bangladesh and India, it is home to some of the world’s most endangered species. Millions of people depend on the Sundarbans for their livelihood. They catch fish, crabs and collect precious honey. This unique ecosystem is under threat and highly vulnerable to floods, embankment erosion, and devastating cyclones. Such problems are linked to the rise in global temperatures and population pressures.

The Sundarbans coastal region of Bangladesh is a complex network of islands, winding creeks and mudflats. Shared by Bangladesh and India, it is a sanctuary for some of the world’s most endangered species – including the largest single population of Bengal tigers in the world. However, this unique ecosystem is under threat from population pressures and climate change.

For generations, the communities of some three million people who live in the edge of the Sundarbans have depended on nature and lived as fishermen, subsistence farmers, woodcutters and honey collectors resulting to an alarming rate of environmental degradation in the region. As a result, people suffer from the impacts of disasters.

In 2007 and 2009 two devastating cyclones – Sird and Aila hit the region, leaving massive damage to Sundarban’s already struggling coastal communities, including the fisher flocks of Mathurapur Jelley Polly – a small fishing village located on the banks of Chunkuri River. The fisher flocks lost their households, fishing gear (boat and net), livestock, and injured and claimed the lives of many villagers.

The underprivileged fishing communities have been suffering from the increased frequency and intensity of the natural hazards for a long time. CANSA’s projects in the Sundarbans for the protection of the ecosystem and building resilience of the indigenous communities there. 

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Undertaking Holistic and Coordinated Actions to Facilitate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience Enhancement in Sundarbans with respect to Climate Change

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Sensitisation Visit with West Bengal Lawmakers and Government Officials to Sundarbans

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REPORT

Disaster Ready Community in the Sundarbans

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