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WFM 6311 CLIMATE CHANGE RISK MANAGEMENT PROBABLE IMPACT ON BIODIVERSITY OF SUNDERBANS DUE TO SEA LEVEL RISE PRESENTED BY EMDAD YUSUF – 1009282010 MD. ASHFAQUR.

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Presentation on theme: "WFM 6311 CLIMATE CHANGE RISK MANAGEMENT PROBABLE IMPACT ON BIODIVERSITY OF SUNDERBANS DUE TO SEA LEVEL RISE PRESENTED BY EMDAD YUSUF – 1009282010 MD. ASHFAQUR."— Presentation transcript:

1 WFM 6311 CLIMATE CHANGE RISK MANAGEMENT PROBABLE IMPACT ON BIODIVERSITY OF SUNDERBANS DUE TO SEA LEVEL RISE PRESENTED BY EMDAD YUSUF – 1009282010 MD. ASHFAQUR RAHMAN – 1009282013

2 Background of the study: “Royal Bengal Tigers may go extinct by turn of century - reveals study” says a report by prominent English daily THE DAILY STAR, on 1 st March’2010. The report also said, “The Royal Bengal Tigers, one of the world’s largest big cat populations, could disappear by the end of this century as rising sea levels caused by climate change destroy their habitat along the Sundarbans coast.” Sundarban is the single largest block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world noticeably rich in terms of plant and animal diversity The number of species found is nearly as many as those reported for Malaysia and Indonesia (CHAPMAN, 1976). It is also a center of economic activities, such as extraction of timber, fishing and collection of honey. More interestingly, the Bangladesh and Indian portion of the forest are listed in the UNESCO world heritage list separately as the Sundarban i.e.the “beautiful forest” and Sundarban National Park respectively, though they are simply parts of the same forest. Unless immediate action is taken, The Sundarbans, its wildlife and the natural resources that sustain millions of people may disappear within 50 to 90 years.

3 This satellite image shows the forest in the protected area. The Sundarbans appears deep green, surrounded to the north by a landscape of agricultural lands, which appear lighter green, towns, which appear tan, and streams, which are blue

4 Objective of the study To understand the biodiversity of Sunderban To asses the impact on biodiversity due to sea level rise Possible actions to combat the situation

5 SUNDARBAN: GEO-ECOLOGICAL PROFILE The forest floor is 0.91m to 2.11m above mean sea level. The soil is a silty clay loam with alternate layers of clay, silt and sand. The clay surface is clay except on the seaward side of islands in the coastal surface limits, where sandy beaches occur. Rivers in the Sundarbans are meeting places of salt water and freshwater. It is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests, and presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes. Sundarbans is divided into three distinct ecological zones namely Oligohaline zone (salinity < 6,250 micromhos) mesohaline zone (6,250 < salinity <12,500 micromhos ) Polyhaline zone (salinity >12,500 micromhos)

6 Biodiversity of Sundarban: Largest diversity of mangrove plants on the Globe characterized by a very dynamic environment due to characterized the effect of tide, flooding, salinity, and cyclones. Only this mangrove area on earth inhabited by man-eating tigers The forest has a unique biota comprising: 334 species of plants 49 species of mammals 400 species of fish 320 species of birds 53 species of reptiles 11 amphibian species Numerous invertebrates, phytoplankton, fungi, bacteria, zooplankton, benthic invertebrates, mollusks etc. At least 37 species of 'obligate' mangrove plants, 127 species of euryhalinefish, a total of 1287 animal species comprising 873 invertebrates, 1 species of Hemichordata, and 413 species of vertebrates

7 Importance of Sundarbans: The major forest products of Sundarbans Timber and industrial raw material. Fuelwood. Thatching material. Non-wood forest products Tourism Conservation tourism or ecotourism may be developed for the Sundarbans without causing undue disturbance to the forest and wildlife The fishing operation during winter months can also be developed as an interesting tourist spot. Wildlife Sanctuaries There are three wildlife sanctuaries established in 1977 under the Bangladesh Wildlife (Preservation) Order, 1973 (P.O. 23 of 1973) The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has declared the Sundarbans as its 522nd World Heritage Site for its outstanding scenic beauty and biological traits

8 Sea level rise Year202020502100 Sea level rise10 cm25 cm1 m (high end estimate) Land below SLR 2 % of land (2,500 km2) 4 % of land (6,300 km2) 17.5% of land (25,000 km2) EcosystemInundates 15% of the Sundarbans. Inundates 40% of the Sundarbans. The Sundarbans wouldbe lost. SalinityIncrease Sea level rise in Bangladesh and its potential impacts

9 Sea level rise (contd.) Tidal StationRegionLatitude (N) Longitude (E) Datum (m) Trend (mm/year) Hiron PointWestern21 0 48'89 0 28'3.7844.0 Char ChangaCentral22 0 08'91 0 06'4.9966.0 Increase of tidal level in two coastal stations of Bangladesh coast Sea level risePotential impacts 10 cm 25 cm 45 cm 60 cm 1 metre •  will inundate 15% of the Sundarbans •  will inundate 40% of the Sundarbans •  will inundate 75% of the Sundarbans •  will inundate the whole Sundarbans • will destroy the whole Sundarbans Fate of the Sundarbans with different sea level rise

10 Impacts due to sea level rise: The main impact of sea level rise on water resources is the reduction off fresh water available due to salinity intrusion. Both water and soil salinity along the coast will be increased with the rise in sea level Increased salinity will change the habitat pattern of the forest. Sundari, the most typical kind of tree in the Sundarbans is thought to suffer from top dyeing disease because of increased salinity (Kausher et al., 1993). Aquatic organisms will migrate inward, because of increased salinity too As a consequence of salinity penetration in the Sundarbans, majority of the mesohaline areas will be transformed into polyhaline areas, while oligohaline areas would be reduced to only a small pocket along the lower- Bales war river in the eastern part of the forest. (Ahmed, et al. 1998).

11 Impacts due to sea level rise (contd.) The resultant increase in salinisation and accretion of sediments may alter vegetation composition. Impacts on animal communities may also occur due to both, the direct effects of salinity and indirectly through food chain modifications caused by the alterations in the nature and amount of detritus available in the mangrove ecosystem, which is directly a threat to the living bio-diversity. Eventually the species offering dense canopy cover would be replaced by non-woody shrubs and bushes, while the overall forest productivity would decline significantly. The degradation of forest quality might cause a gradual depletion of rich diversity of the forest flora and fauna of the Sundarbans ecosystem Natural habitat will be destroyed due to inundation

12 How to combat the situation Designing and establishing sea-level / climate modeling network Establishing databases and information systems Data collection of Sundarbans' resources and their uses Integrated coastal and marine management Monitoring the impact of climate change on coral reef, Royal Bengal Tiger, crocodiles and Sundari tree Coastal vulnerability and risk assessment Economic valuation of Sundarbans' resources Improving catchment management Afforestation and reforestation by salt tolerant species Strict control of Tigers' poaching

13 How to combat the situation (contd.) Facilitating natural regeneration and natural succession of native tree species Increasing waterfront setbacks in beach front areas Education on climate change and emergency preparedness needs to take place at all levels by incorporating it into education curriculum Creating public awareness through mass media Developing coastal infrastructure Initiating community based coastal forestation Protecting existing mangroves against encroachment and cutting Establishing mechanisms to promote carbon uptake Raising funds for conservation programme.

14 Thanks for hearing us and hope it was not bad Lets save the tigers


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