Monday, 28 October 2013

Sundarbans wildlife under threat from Coal fired power plant

Last refuge of rare wildlife under threat

October 2013. Conservation organisations worldwide have expressed deep concern over plans to build a coal-powered power station (or perhaps two). 

The Sundarbans is one of the largest mangrove forest in the world covering 140,000 hectares of the the deltas of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers on the Bay of Bengal.

The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the Royal Bengal tiger and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.

A memorandum jointly signed by the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and India contained a plan to build a power generation plant on the edge of the Sunderbans in Rampal; The treaty proposes to establish two 660 megawatt unit power plants in Rampal. The proposed spot for the plant is only 7.5 miles away from the Sundarbans mangrove forest.

Rare bird endangered
The Sundarbans of Bangladesh holds one of the last populations of the Endangered Masked Finfoot and is considered as a safe stronghold of this highly threatened species. Conservationists are now concerned about the future of this bird in the Sundarbans, where a coal-based power plant has been given the green light to go ahead.




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