Slideshow Description: The photos in this slideshow are intended to ‘tell the story’ of the Sundarbans, showing the area’s landscapes, natural habitats, mangroves, creeks and mudflats, plants and animals, people, threats and conservation needs.
This page of the website is still under development and a more detailed description of the various aspects of the site will be included in due course – so please come back again soon!
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s recent Conservation Outlook Assessment there is significant concern over the conservation status of this site. The IUCN report notes that ‘the values of the Sundarbans National Park are highly threatened by multiple ongoing processes both within and external to the site, and are showing signs of deterioration. While it appears that the site’s biodiversity values (rare and threatened mammals, birds and reptiles) are largely currently in a promising situation, degradation of the floral diversity and on-going ecological processes has been, and continues to be, significant. Moreover, should the intensity of these threats increase into the future, the situation for the Sundarbans’ National Park’s rare and threatened species could alter dramatically. Sea level rise, hydrological alteration and coastal erosion have been severe, and the long-term impact of climate change on the integrity of the site’s values is a cause for great concern. Conservation programmes for rare and threatened vertebrates , law enforcement for illegal activities, community participation in site management and alternative livelihoods, as well as reduction of human-wildlife conflicts have been effective. However, funding and capacity are currently inadequate to maintain the sites value’s sufficiently in the face of the multiple threats to the site, and particularly under increasing population and climatic pressures into the future. Studies into the resilience of the site and its values under changes to ecological processes and climate change are necessary in order to develop and refine effective management action. Moreover, transboundary cooperation with the Sundarbans, Bangladesh World Heritage site should be considered and may prove essential to develop effective regional strategies for climate change adaptation.’