Wildlife, marine life, birds and other species in the areas declared ecologically critical remain threatened because of indiscriminate exploitation and pollution of natural resources. People are still unaware of restriction on movement and other prohibitions in the eight critical areas such as Cox's Bazar-Teknaf beach, Sonadia Island, St Martins Island, Hakaluki Haor, Tanguar Haor, Marjaat Baor, Gulshan-Baridhara Lake and a large portion of Sundarban.

Environmentalists at a discussion yesterday urged the government to declare February 14 as Sundarbans Day. They said the Sundarbans with its rich bio-diversity is protecting the southwestern region of the country from natural calamities, but the forest resources are being plundered, threatening ecological disaster. The largest mangrove forest in the world must be preserved in its natural form as it is essential not only for our survival but also for the existence of the mankind, they added.

Persistent organic pollutants found Rising sea level and erosion aside, the Sundarbans now face a new threat. An international research team has detected polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbde), a

The last frontier of the Bengal floodplains, the Sunderbans is a sprawling archipelago of several hundred islands, some large, some minuscule, stretching nearly 300 km between West Bengal and Bangladesh.

Sagar Refugee Colony, Ganga Sagar gram panchayat: Ever since her older son went off to work as a daily labourer in Kashmir two years ago, Sahajadi Bibi has to worry a little less about how to feed her family of eight.

The business of settling new-formed land, rehabilitation of environmental refugees and building and maintaining embankments is subject to much political manoeuvring. Anthropologist Amites Mukhopadhyay of Kalyani University, West Bengal, who's researched these machinations extensively, calls it " char politics'.

Bangladesh has banned tree-felling in its Sundarbans mangrove

Fishing has been banned in 28 rivers and canals flowing through the Sunderbans of Bangla