The Sundarbans is expanding and the number of tigers in the forest is increasing and carbon reserves are being found, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told Parliament.
The Prime Minister made the remarks in a written reply to a question from Begum Sultana Nadira of the reserved seat in the question and answer session scheduled for Wednesday (June 18).
At the time, the speaker said. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided. Wednesday’s Q&A is presented at the table.
Referring to the increase in the number of tigers in the Sundarbans, Sheikh Hasina said the number of tigers in the Sundarbans was 106 according to the 2015 tiger census through camera trapping. In the 2017 census, 114 of them were found. The amount of carbon in the Sundarbans has increased from 106 million tons in 2009 to 139 million tons in 2019.
Mentioning that the present government has always been sincere and determined to protect the Sundarbans and its biodiversity, the Prime Minister said that no matter what steps are taken for the development of the country, it is important that the Sundarbans and its biodiversity are not harmed in any way. To increase the size of the Sundarbans, the government has taken initiative to create artificial mangroves. Steps have been taken to expand it to the entire coastal region. At the same time, various measures including smart patrolling have been taken to protect the trees and wildlife of the Sundarbans and to curb forest crime.
The Prime Minister said the Sundarbans, which is rich in biodiversity, is now home to 334 species of plants, 175 species of algae, 13 species of orchids and 365 species of wildlife. Among the wild animals there are 42 species of mammals, 35 species of reptiles, 6 species of amphibians, 315 species of birds, 210 species of fish, 24 species of shrimps and 14 species of crabs.
The head of government also said that steps would be taken to increase the number of forest workers by making them up-to-date to protect the flora and fauna of the Sundarbans.