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Plan underway to monitor Sundarbans with drones

Published : Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 170

KHULNA, Sept 9: The Forest Department hasplannedto monitor the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest and a Unesco world heritage site, with drones to check crimes like poaching of tigers and deer.
The department also considers erecting net-fence around the forest to prevent the intrusion of tigers into the localities.
The new moves came after Indian forest department has succeeded in checking such crimes and tiger attacks successfully implementing the two initiatives on theirpart of the Sundarbans.
Deputy Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Habibun Nahar has recently said all kinds of measures will be taken to beef up security in the coastal region, including the Sundarbans, through using modern technology.
Sources at the local Forest Department said various crimes, including felling of trees, catching fish defying ban, and the poaching of tigers and deer are going on in the Sundarbans.
Besides, there are the hugepresence of sea and forest robbers.
To check such crimes, the Forest Department is planning to deploy drones, said Md Amir Hossain Chowdhury, deputy chief conservator of forest. "Drones will play an effective role in checking illegal intrusion into the Sundarbans, poaching and robberies, and identifying those illegally net fish in the forest," he said.
Besides, tigers invade localities very often in search of food.
According to the Forest Department data, a total of 14 tigers were beaten to death by locals after those entered their localities in the last two decades.
Under the circumstances, the move to erect the net-fence around the Sundarbans was taken to prevent the movement of tigers into localities, sourcessaid, adding that India has got a success after going for such a move.    -UNB






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