Sundarbans

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India – Telegraph India

A Common Survival Strategy For The Sunderbans.

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The prime minister of Bangladesh is likely to visit India in October. This will be her first visit here after assuming office for the third consecutive term. The prime minister of India is also well placed after the emphatic mandate.

The external affairs minister will possibly visit Dhaka later this month to finalize the date and the agenda of the Bangladesh prime minister’s trip.

There are numerous issues deserving attention at the highest political level. Here, I will only argue for adaptation to climate change in and around the Sunderban region. Besides the mangrove forest, the region hosts millions of marginal people.

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Due to climate change the Sundarbans, a unique mangrove forest and home to more than 200 Bengal tigers, will disappear within 50 years due to rising sea level.

Indian and Bangladesh governments both have addressed the issue and signed papers to do something about it.

But both parties seem reluctant to take necessary steps, not only to save the 200 tigers but also to save the 7,2 million people that live around this nature area.

Bengal tiger

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India – Deccan Herald

None To Help, Bengal Tiger To Go Extinct In Bengal.

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This year’s tiger census had a mixed bag for West Bengal. In the 2014 census, two tigers were sighted in the Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in the north-western corner of Bengal. Unfortunately, a year-long search during 2018-19 by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) did not find a single big cat there.

On the other hand, the count of tigers in the Sundarbans, the only other tiger sanctuary of the state, has increased from 76 in 2014 to 88. Before the census was released, in a tweet Mamata Banerjee mentioned that ‘augmentation of tiger population in Buxa Tiger Reserve has been initiated’.

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Excellent article on the situation of Bengal tigers in the area that still bears their name, West Bengal.

It tells about the current and future dangers of the two reserves (Buxa and Sundarbans) and the ignorance of those responsible now.
 
Must read!

North Sikkim tiger
A Bengal tiger – listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List since 2008 – was recently spotted at Gamthangpu above Lachen Valley in North Sikkim by a camera trap laid out by World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature in collaboration with the Sikkim forest and wildlife department.
 

It was spotted at an altitude of 3,600 m, the highest recorded elevation for tiger sighting in the country. Worldwide, it was the second highest elevation after Bhutan, where the animal was sighted at an elevation of 4,000 metres in April last year.

Also, this was the second such sighting of the big cat in the Himalayan state since November last year.

Royal Bengal tiger

Established in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit, 29 July is a day dedicated to awareness and support worldwide to conserve the tiger. It was just a century ago that fewer than 1,00,000 tigers roamed in Asia. Today, that number has dropped dramatically to 3,000 in the wild.

Large efforts to preserve the national animal of India, particularly Project Tiger to conserve Royal Bengal Tigers in the wild, are seen to be generally successful. However, there are still four main issues — poaching, habitat destruction, man-animal conflict, and diminishing prey base — that continue to threaten the future of the most iconic big cat in India.

The natural habitats of these big cats (and many other species of wildlife) continue to thin as their territories grow fragmented, artificial and more distant from each other, cutting tigers off from their kind. Poaching and trading of tiger parts are less of an issue today than it was decades ago but it continues to plague conservation efforts to an extent. Encroachments into Protected Areas in forests is both inevitable and destructive to traditional forests and farmland, reducing green cover. As the size of wildlife reserves shrink, another big problem arises: conflict of tigers with humans in adjoining habitats.

Daily Star tiger

Research estimates there are fewer than 4,000 of the big cats left in the wild. A century ago there were around 80,000.

The crisis is blamed on poachers and trophy hunters. Economic development is also a major factor in their decline because it ruins their habitat.

Campaigner Martin Hughes-Games has been studying the tiger count in India, which accounts for 60% of those left.

He said: “India is a country that’s industrialising incredibly fast. There are roads and railway lines and industries everywhere you look.

Animal rescuers

The Assam floods have been devastating, not just for the over 55 lakh people who have been affected, but to a large population of wildlife including the endangered one-horned Indian Rhinos, tigers, elephants, and deer.

Amid all the devastation and damage caused by the deluge, it was heartwarming to see a group of people working round the clock to help the hundreds of wild animals who couldn’t fend for themselves against the gushing waters.

The Kaziranga National Park (KNP) which is home to the largest population of the one-horned Rhino was 90 per cent submerged in Assam floods, resulting in dozens of animals including Rhinos drawing while others were displaced, leaving them vulnerable to poachers.

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