The Sundarbans in India

Nicolas Van Ingen

Consisting of a hundred islands of which half are uninhabited,
the Sundarban delta is currently the world’s most vast mangrove area.

As a National Park that straddles both India and Bangladesh,
it is preserved as part of the World Heritage of Humanity for its rich biodiversity.

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The project

Since 1991, the Association Nature Environment & Wildlife Society is involved in preserving this ecosystem that has been altered by abusive practices which have threatened a centenary balance and caused natural disasters with dramatic consequences. The cyclone that occurred in May 2009 has for instance drained the rice fields and led to the erosion of some of the arable lands. Since 2011, it has been coordinating a program to plant mangrove tree and fight against poaching in partnership with communities and Livelihoods.

Seduced by NEWS’s participatory and engaged approach, we have participated along with Livelihoods in the reforestation of 4500 hectares of mangroves.

Our engagement

The project cost is 2,348,000 €.
Since 2013, our commitment has totaled 530,000 €.

The impacts

  • 4,500 hectares reforested
  • 16 million trees planted
  • 25,000 villagers involved
  • 774,000 tons of carbon sequestered over 20 years
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