‘Sunderbans Day’ being observed

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Amid environmentalists’ outcry over setting up Rampal Thermal Power Plant, ‘Sunderbans Day’ is being observed in the country’s costal districts to raise awareness among people about the importance of protecting the world’s largest mangrove forest.
The day has been being unofficially observed on February 14 since 2002 with various programmes, United News of Bangladesh reports.
Different press clubs, Sunderbans Academy and other social and environmental organisations in the coastal districts, including Khulna, Bagerhat, Barguna and Satkhira have chalked out various programmes to mark the day. The programmes include discussion, rally and human chain.
Meanwhile, Sunderban Rokkha Jatiya Committee and Save the Sunderbans Foundation arranged two separate discussions in the city on Saturday marking the day.
Speakers at the programme criticised the government for its move to set up Rampal power plant near the Sunderbans.
They urged the government to stop installing the power plant and setting up any heavy industry near it to save the forest and its biodiversity.
At the Jatiya Sunderbans Conference in 2001, it was decided to observe February 14 as Sunderbans Day alongside Valentine’s Day. Though the green activists have been demanding to observe it nationally, it remained unheeded for the last 15 years.
The Sunderbans is the country’s only natural tiger habitat and a popular tourism spot due to its untamed attractive mangrove landscape.

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