15% of Sunderbans will be submerged: UNDP report

An estimated 15% of the Sunderbans delta will go under the sea by 2020.

Kolkata: An estimated 15 per cent of the
Sunderbans delta will go under the sea by 2020, the UN
Development Programme has warned.

A UNDP report while describing the Sunderbans delta,
which has the world`s largest mangrove forest, as highly
vulnerable to climate change, said, "Neglecting the Sunderbans
can have global implications."

The report of a district-wise human development survey
was released by the UNDP`s chief of South and West Asia
division and Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Fadzai
Gwaradzimba, here on Monday.

It says 54 of the 102 islands are inhabited and
characterised by poor infrastructure which leaves the local
poor with few alternative livelihood options.

"Over-reliance on natural resources by the delta`s
inhabitants can harm an already fragile eco system that is
critical to maintaining the region`s biological balance," the
report said.


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