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Sunderbans included in govt’s wetland management plan

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Kolkata: The state Environment department has included Sunderbans in its wetland management plan and has constituted a committee that will prepare a project report on its proper management.

The committee in its report will also include an action plan for the protection of East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW) – a Ramsar site where illegal constructions have been a major problem. The satellite image of EKW has revealed illegal construction taking place at several moujas and the National Green Tribunal is monitoring the proceedings at EKW.

"The Sunderbans has been included in our wetland management plan. We will be preparing a project report along with a comprehensive plan of its management. The emphasis will be on improvement in the livelihood of the beneficiaries associated with the mangrove forest," said Saumen Mahapatra, state Environment minister. The committee is expected to submit the project report before the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change by March 31.

In January 2019, Sunderban Reserve Forest spread over 4,260 sq km with over 2,000 sq km of mangrove forests and creeks was declared a Ramsar Site. It has been designated as India's 27th Ramsar site and now happens to be the largest protected wetland in the country.

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