Participatory Study on Oil Spillage Disaster in the Sundarbans: Impact on Biodiversity and Peoples Livelihood

Hasan Mehedi, Md. Rezaul Karim & Palash Das | Jan 2015

Research Summary

The Sundarbans is one of the World’s natural Heritage Site and Ramsar site. It is the largest single tract mangrove forest of the world with rich biodiversity resources. A local oil-tanker ‘OT Southern Star-7’ sank on 9th December 2014 with 367 metric ton furnace oil after a hit by another cargo vessel ‘MT Total’ in Shela River of the Sundarbans, which is only 6 kilometers from Mongla sea port. It was the fourth incident of oil spillage in the Sundarbans since 1990. The place where it took place is a wildlife sanctuary for aquatic fauna including rare Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphin along with Bengal tiger, deer, wild boar etc. The concerned institutions which include Bangladesh Navy, Mongla Port Authority (MPA), Forest Department (FD), Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) or Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC), Department of Environment (DOE) and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) failed to take an immediate and effective decision to reduce vulnerability of world largest single tract mangrove forest.

Mehedi H., Karim M. R. and Das P. (2015). Participatory Study on Oil Spillage Disaster in the Sundarbans: Impact on Biodiversity and Peoples Livelihood. Retrieved from

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/294581386_Participatory_Study_on_Oil_Spillage_Disaster_in_the_Sundarbans_Impact_on_Biodiversity_and_Peoples_Livelihood. Accessed on: 18 Mar 2021

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