Model Mangrove Plantation in the Sundarbans
The mangroves of the Sundarbans
The mangrove forest of the Sundarbans plays a crucial role in protecting the islands as well as the city of Kolkata from natural calamities and provide rich habitat for innumerable flora and fauna. Importantly, they also form vital ‘blue carbon’ sinks helping mitigation of climate change crisis. Despite its importance, the mangrove forests are worldwide under threat and the same can be said about the Sundarbans.
To address this vital issue, SOCEO in collaboration with Prasanta Chandra Mahalanbis College organised a one-day symposium on the mangroves of the Sundarbans in January 2019. Leading experts on the subject were invited to take part in the symposium in order to formulate a coping mechanism to restore the Mangroves of the Sundarbans. In the symposium the experts expressed their concerns about the fact that while many organisations are active in regenerating the mangrove forest or planting new mangroves in the Sundarbans the efforts are not adequate. Secondly, they suggested that planting efforts should further be guided by latest scientific findings and should be taken up following a joint protection model involving local communities living in the area.