The Sundarbans, India & Bangladesh
The clock is ticking for the precious Sundarbans. This is a fragile land that is fast approaching a tipping point. Getting smaller and smaller, there’s a danger that it’ll disappear altogether before much longer.
Located in the picturesque delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers, this is one of the largest mangrove forests on the planet. But as more and more trees are felled, the risk to the land increases.
Illegal logging is a major problem here and, with fewer trees to hold the thinning soil together, erosion is a constant threat. Prone to devastating cyclones and tidal waves, the people here have long relied on the forest to shield them from the worst of the weather.
But as the trees disappear, the land too is starting to vanish. The Sundarbans are rich in wildlife — home to 260 bird species, Bengal tigers, endangered estuarine crocodiles and rare Indian pythons. With their homes under threat, the consequences could be dire indeed.