Soon new arboretum for mangrove species of Sunderbans

first_imgKolkata: State Forest department is coming up with a new arboretum for showcasing the wide variety of mangrove plants that exist in the Sunderbans. The arboretum will come up adjacent to Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, which is deemed as a prime location for wildlife spotting.”There are around 54 species of mangroves among which 34 species are found in the Sunderbans. No other mangrove forest in the country has so many species of mangrove as the Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve. We feel that the tourists, who visit the Sunderbans, will be interested in gaining knowledge about the mangrove variety,” a senior official of SBR said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe official further said they will take the help of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) for the purpose of labelling the species of mangroves.The state Forest department also has plans to develop its existing arboretum at Bakkhali to make it more interesting for the tourists.The department has also taken up a study of the socio economic impact of the various schemes undertaken by them for the upliftment of the village folk in the Sunderbans.We have 65 Joint Forest Management Committee (JMFC), which work for developing the social and economic condition of the people living there, through different schemes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”They have taken up activities like creating irrigation channels, brick paths, pond jetties, Self-Help groups, piggery, goat rearing, poultry etc. The study will assess the impact of the work of the JFMC’s and accordingly plan the future course of action that is to be undertaken,” a senior official of the Forest department said.The department hopes to complete the study by March 2019 and come up with a report in April.The study will be carried out by a team of experts from prominent educational institutes in the country, who are adept in such impact study.last_img


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