Youth Speaker entry #6: Shamim Reja (Bangladesh)

The earth is only one place for mankind and all living things. Nowadays we already imbalance natural ecosystem of the world through deforestation, carbon release & different kinds of pollution. Our mandatory duty is to save our earth from future disasters for our better future. We know tree plantations and reforestation is the best way to recover natural ecosystem.

Shamim RejaNowadays, like other forests, Sundarban also going through deforestation. It’s such a horrible condition for us.

Many times cyclones destroyed most of the forest in the coastal area but we again start our tree plantation program and we are trying to work alongside our government.

We have no financial support but naturally we do the work with our effort and responsibilities. We took some plan for more youth involvement in this program. We have another plan for Sundarban-dependent people. The 2014 Sundarban oil spill was an oil spill that occurred on 9 December 2014 at the Shela River. After this, so many problems occured. Many kinds of fish, animals, birds and trees died and lost their natural status.

Our project is not only tree plantations, but also taking care of it and involve local people. These people are illiterate and have no sufficient knowledge about tree plantation impact. Youth (students) have a lot of interest and we use their interest and to get get them involved in our project. Our goal is “Sundarban with a natural biodiversity”.

We are happy to get feedback from people.

Blogpost, video and photo submitted by Shamim Reja (Bangladesh) – rejaiubat(at)

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767 thoughts on “Youth Speaker entry #6: Shamim Reja (Bangladesh)

  1. Thank you all to support me .I am not achieve great thing but i try my best. my video massage are not complete and quality was not so good sorry for that .all of you know me (they support me) and know my work . i am not familiar with marketing work. i like to do my job for peoples of Sundarban and i just want peoples .pray for me.aging thanks all .

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  2. See also …..
    The Sundarbans is the biggest delta, back water and tidal phenomenon of the region and thus provides diverse habitats for several hundreds of aquatic, terrestrial and amphibian species. The property is of sufficient size to adequately represent its considerably high floral and faunal diversity with all key values included within the boundaries. The site includes the entire landscape of mangrove habitats with an adequate surrounding area of aquatic (both marine and freshwater) and terrestrial habitats, and thus all the areas essential for the long term conservation of the Sundarbans and its rich and distinct biodiversity
    The World Heritage property is comprised of three wildlife sanctuaries which form the core breeding area of a number of species of endangered wildlife. Areas of unique natural beauty, ethno botanical interest, special marine faunal interest, rivers, creeks, islands, swamps, estuaries, mud flats, and tidal flats are also included in the property. The boundaries of the property protect all major mangrove vegetation types, areas of high floral and faunal values and important bird areas. The integrity of the property is further enhanced by terrestrial and aquatic buffer zones that surround, but are not part of the inscribed property.
    Natural calamities such as cyclones, have always posed threats on the values of the property and along with saline water intrusion and siltation, remain potential threats to the attributes. Cyclones and tidal waves cause some damage to the forest along the sea-land interface and have previously caused occasional considerable mortality among some species of fauna such as the spotted deer. Over exploitation of both timber resources and fauna, illegal hunting and trapping, and agricultural encroachment also pose serious threats to the values of the property and its overall integrity.
    “”””Types and Severity of Threats””””
    The conservation status of the ecoregion was changed from vulnerable to endangered because of the projected human threats. The human population in the Sundarbans, now estimated at more than two million, continues to increase very rapidly. Hunting and trapping wildlife, cutting and lopping trees for fuelwood and to make charcoal, and overexploiting the trees for timber by the forestry industry are some of the most severe current threats. Shrimp fry are being collected at unsustainable levels to supply the shrimp grow-out industry, and the mangrove forests are cut and cleared to build shrimp grow-out ponds, contributing to habitat degradation and habitat loss. There is also the potential for harmful effluents to enter the mangrove waterways from a proposed fertilizer plant.

    But some of the greatest threats to this ecoregion’s biodiversity emanate from thousands of kilometers away. The rivers that feed and flush the mangroves bring down heavy silt loads as a result of deforestation and erosion in the Himalayan Range. This silt and water turbidity have profound effects on the sensitive mangrove ecosystem and its flora and fauna, especially on the juvenile stages that the mangroves support. The diversion of more than 30 percent of the Ganges River’s dry season flow through the Farraka Barrage in India to provide irrigation for agriculture has dramatically increased salinity levels and disrupted fish migration and breeding patterns. The delicately balanced community composition in these mangroves is determined to a large part by salinity levels.

    Support him, he doing well ..


  3. “Some information for global audience”
    Why need to save the sunderban ecosystem ????

    The Sundarbans provides a significant example of on-going ecological processes as it represents the process of delta formation and the subsequent colonization of the newly formed deltaic islands and associated mangrove communities. These processes include monsoon rains, flooding, delta formation, tidal influence and plant colonization. As part of the world’s largest delta, formed from sediments deposited by three great rivers; the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, and covering the Bengal Basin, the land has been moulded by tidal action, resulting in a distinctive physiology.
    One of the largest remaining areas of mangroves in the world, the Sundarbans supports an exceptional level of biodiversity in both the terrestrial and marine environments, including significant populations of globally endangered cat species, such as the Royal Bengal Tiger. Population censuses of Royal Bengal Tigers estimate a population of between 400 to 450 individuals, a higher density than any other population of tigers in the world.
    The property is the only remaining habitat in the lower Bengal Basin for a wide variety of faunal species. Its exceptional biodiversity is expressed in a wide range of flora; 334 plant species belonging to 245 genera and 75 families, 165 algae and 13 orchid species. It is also rich in fauna with 693 species of wildlife which includes; 49 mammals, 59 reptiles, 8 amphibians, 210 white fishes, 24 shrimps, 14 crabs and 43 mollusks species. The varied and colourful bird-life found along the waterways of the property is one of its greatest attractions, including 315 species of waterfowl, raptors and forest birds including nine species of kingfisher and the magnificent white-bellied sea eagle.

    Mr.Shamim you doing some great work ,
    Best of luck
    Dr. Jabber


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