Residents of the coastal districts of Khulna, Satkhira and Bagerhat observed Sunderbans Day on Friday with an appeal to save the largest mangrove forest in the world.
Sunderbans, a World Heritage site, hosts a complex network of tidal waterways. The forest presents an example of on-going ecological processes and many of its flora and fauna are unique to this region.
It has 260 bird species, the Royal Bengal Tiger and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile, the Indian python, and the gangetic dolphins.
In Khulna, forest department, Sunderban Academy, Rupantar and Khulna Press Club jointly observed the day at Umeshchandra Public Library auditorium and organised a discussion.
Khulna City Corporation mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque was present as the chief guest while Khulna region forest conservator Md Moinuddin Khan, addition divisional commissioner Subas Chandra Saha, Sunderban Academy executive director Anwarul Kadir, founding adviser of the academy Swapan Kumar Guha, among others were also present.
‘The Sunderban is a national treasure,’ Khaleque said, adding that it shields Bangladesh from natural disasters. He called for saving the Sunderban from people who were trying to destroy it. A procession was later brought out to mark the day.
Meanwhile, officials of Sunderbans Satkhira Range, in cooperation with local administration, NGOs, and people brought out a procession in the town and organised a discussion meeting.
MA Hasan, assistant forest conservator of Satkhira Range, spoke as the chief guest at the meeting.
‘Everyone should love the Sunderban,’ he said, adding, ‘Bangladesh will survive, if the Sunderban survive.’
In Bagerhat, separate rallies were brought out while discussion meetings were arranged observing the day in Sharonkhola and Mongla.
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