Bangladeshi Sundarban birds killed by oil

This video from Bangladesh says about itself:

Nature and Life – Episode 158 (Birds of Sundarbans)

23 April 2014 …

Sundarbans is a unique ecosystem of our country.

Many species of birds have adapted themselves to this unique ecosystem.

Lesser Adjutant, Brown-singed Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Buffy Fish Owl, Masked Finfoot, Mangrove Pitta, Mangrove Whistler, Crested Hawk-Eagle etc. are mentionable among birds of Sundarbans.

These birds are not common in places other than Sundarbans.

This video from Bangladesh says about itself:

13 December 2014

Furnace oil floating on the Shela river in the largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans. The carcasses of dead marine animals are floating around. The furnace oil from the spill from a vessel suited for sand carriage only, violating environmental law, has brought about the biggest disaster in the Sundarbans.

From BirdLife (with photos there):

Disaster in the Sundarbans

By Martin Fowlie, Thu, 18/12/2014 – 11:38

A tanker and another vessel have collided, spilling more than 350,000 litres of oil into the waters of the Sundarban tidal mangrove forests in Bangladesh.

“It is hard to separate emotions from the facts when a member of your family dies. A part of you dies with them. Dealing with the oil spill in the Sundarbans is no less than this — a wound that time may not heal.”

Sayam Chowdhury is the Principal Investigator of the Sundarbans Finfoot Research Project and knows this amazing part of Bangladesh well.

The Sundarbans is the largest delta covered with mangrove forests and vast saline mud flats in the world. It contains large swaths of protected areas that host a diverse wildlife, including Bengal Tiger, river dolphins as well as threatened birds such as Masked Finfoot.

“The oil is entering the narrow creeks and accumulating along the banks where Masked Finfoot and other waterbirds forage. If the crabs and small fish are dying then it is very likely that finfoot will be the next, as those are their main food items”, said Sayam Chowdhury,

“Also, if the birds are covered in oil and it gets into their eyes, they are less likely to escape predation, their body temperatures may drop, they may not be able to hunt, and will likely starve to death. This is true for more than 100 species of waterbirds, including 8 species of kingfishers and at least 10 species of birds of prey. Only the short-term possible effects are listed here. The long-term impact of this spill on the bird life of the Sundarbans is unimaginable.”

The oil spill clean up is almost wholly dependent on locals in the area, who have no equipment, training, or protection.

The Sundarbans, which extends across southern Bangladesh and into India, is home to around four million people, most of whom make their living directly from the great forest and it’s labyrinthine waterways.

4 thoughts on “Bangladeshi Sundarban birds killed by oil

  1. Dear friends,

    Banks are dishing out millions to build a planet-frying coal plant, right next door to the mega forest that’s home to some of the last Bengal Tigers. It’s the worst example of our disconnection from nature and corporate greed gone mad, but we can stop it.

    After a leaked UN report slammed the project in Bangladesh, we went straight to the international banks. Now they’re scrambling to figure out what to do and how to protect their brands from a global scandal. If we turn up the pressure on JPMorgan, Crédit Agricole and others, we can make this so toxic that they’ll quit the project for good.

    Both JPMorgan and Crédit Agricole have ditched similar projects in the past. Let’s build a million-strong cry to save the tigers and convince their CEOs to pull out.

    Click here to save the last tigers

    The Sundarbans is the world’s largest mangrove forest and one of the few places on Earth with over a hundred Bengal Tigers. It’s been classified as a World Heritage Site because it’s such a uniquely biodiverse ecosystem.

    UNESCO and experts agree that building the giant Rampal coal plant next door would seriously harm the mangrove forest and the species living there.

    JPMorgan has a policy to not harm World Heritage sites. Deutsche Bank said it won’t finance a coal project that threatened the Great Barrier Reef. And Crédit Agricole pledged to not invest in Rampal. But they’re helping raise cash for this deadly project, and now they know it’s an environmental disaster! Let’s call them out and get them to pull their support.

    Local activists have been fighting hard to stop the plant. Now, they’re calling on us for help. Let’s get a million voices to save the tigers’ home from dirty coal:

    Click here to save the last tigers

    We know about the threat of climate change to our existence, but we’re only beginning to understand another great crisis — biodiversity loss. This much is clear — the last few unspoiled parts of our Earth must be protected to sustain our intricate ecosystems. They mustn’t be opened up to the most polluting energy on Earth! Let’s come together to make sure our planet wins over corporate profit in the Sundarbans.

    With hope and determination,

    Risalat, Iain, Alice, Christoph, Luca, Fatima, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team


    UNESCO calls for shelving Rampal project (Prothom Alo)

    A new power plant could devastate the world’s largest mangrove forest (Washington Post)

    Sundarbans Has 182 Tigers, Pollution A Major Concern (NDTV)

    Risky and Over-subsidised: A Financial Analysis of the Rampal Power Plant (IEEFA)

    Click to access Risky-and-Over-Subsidised-A-Financial-Analysis-of-the-Rampal-Power-Plant-_June-2016.pdf

    Report on the exposure of Bondholders to the Proposed Rampal Loan (IEEFA)


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