Sundarbans Day today
Published: 12:23 PM, 14 February 2020 Updated: 04:33 PM, 14 February 2020
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Today 14 February, most of us consider it as Valentine’s Day. However, unfortunately, we are not concerned about another day on the same day which is highly proximate to us, The Sundarbans Day.
Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world, located in the southwestern part of Bangladesh. It lies on the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta at the point where it merges with the BAY OF BENGAL. The forest plays a vital rule in sustainability of the environment of Bangladesh. Specially in time of cyclones, it saves the country as a life jacket!
Love Sundarbans on Valentine’s Day. At the same time, raise public awareness in preserving the biodiversity of the Sundarbans. With this aim, Sundarbans Day is celebrated on 14th February.
The first National Sundarbans Conference was held on February 14, 2001, under the (Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon, with the initiative of Khulna University, Khulna's voluntary organizations-Rupantar and Parash and 70 other environmentalist organizations.
The conference declared 'Sundarbans Day' on 14th February. Since then day is being celebrated as 'Sundarbans Day.
This year, as usual, the main event of Sundarbans Day is in Khulna. Different events have been organized to mark the day.
The Sundarbans have around 5000 thousand species of plants, 198 species of amphibian, reptiles of 124 species, 579 species of birds, 125 species of mammals and 30 species of shrimps.
The World Heritage Sundarbans are under threat today due to the invasion of forest destroyers. The entire country environment, including the southwest, is closely linked with the Sundarbans. Therefore, to protect the forest, everyone has to be aware and work together loving nature. So the day should be marked in a proper way to create public awareness about saving our lifesaver friend Sundarbans.