Speakers at a daylong workshop in Khulna city on 25 July identified population pressures as the number most significant threat to the biodiversity of the Sundarbans.
Speakers said this at the workshop organized by IUCN Bangladesh, titled, “Stakeholders Analysis of the Sundarbans and Finalization of Roles, Actions and Impact.” This was a follow-up to the workshop held on 25 July 2011, in Khulna.
Threats to Sundarban’s biodiversity were identified at the previous workshop and on the basis of those threats, various stakeholders of the Sundarbans prioritized the factors leading to the degradation of this unique mangrove ecosystem and the diversity it hosts. The stakeholders involved representatives from the government, academics and NGOs. They identified population pressures, unplanned shrimp cultivation around the forest, insufficient logistic support provided to the Forest Department, illegal poaching as the major factors for threats to the existence of Sundarbans. Stakeholders also presented the insight into their roles, responsibilities and relationships, for conserving the biodiversity of the Sundarbans.
IUCN Bangladesh in association with the World Bank is in the process of preparing an environmental management and conservation plan for conserving the biodiversity of the Sundarbans.
Dr. Khairul Alam, Team Leader of the project, moderated the workshop. A large number of stakeholders of the Sundarbans attended the discussion.