UN team arrives at Sundarbans to explore the impact of oil spill
23 December 2014, Nirapad News : The United Nations (UN) team of 25-member have started work on the impact of the oil-spill in the Sundarbans’ Shala River.
From today morning they have spread across the river, from Chandpai Wildlife Sanctuary to Harintana Canal, in four speed boats to assess the damage to the World Heritage Site.
The team arrived in the Sundarbans area, yesterday, on the water vessel “Politing Home.”
The team split into four groups and were seen examining water, soil, vegetation and other elements of the eco-system.
Amir Hossain Chowdhury, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the Eastern Sunderbans area, also a member of the survey team, said today.
The team comprising experts from seven countries was led by Amolia Waltrom and they were likely to complete their field work in four to five days.
They would submit their report to the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP) office. The team was in Bangladesh following a request of the government.
Meanwhile, people and experts working with the Sundarbans welcomed the mission and felt that their assistance would be of great help to the country as it would help the long term recovery of the world’s largest mangrove forest.