Plant Mangroves in the Sundarbans with a Few Clicks has planted over 431,000 trees in the periphery of tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, common land of villages and holy environments through the support of 140 companies and thousands of individuals. It is an Official Partner of WWF’s Cities for Forests Campaign, a Tree Planting Partner of the United Nations Environment Program’s Billion Tree Program and an Official Partner of United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.

Mumbai, India, May 28, 2013 --( You can now plant mangroves in the Periphery of Sundarbans National Park, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India on the website for around $1 each, with just a few clicks. You can then gift the mangroves you plant to friends and family to celebrate birthdays, festivals, anniversaries or any other special occasion through a tree-dedication certificate.

The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest deltaic mangrove forest in the world with an area of 10,200 sq. km. area of which 5937 sq. km. and 4263 sq. km. of Reserve forests are spread respectively over Bangladesh and India. It is located at the mouth of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers between India and Bangladesh and its forest and waterways support a wide range of fauna including a number of species threatened with extinction. The mangrove habitat supports the single largest population of tigers in the world which have adapted to an almost amphibious life, being capable of swimming for long distances and feeding on fish, crab and water monitor lizards.

Sundarbans is home to many poor communities who are largely migrant and landless. Apart from external threats such as cyclones, floods and sea level rise, the premature and ill-planned establishment of settlements, rapid population growth and absence of industries and local employment opportunities along with habitat destruction are creating more demand on the natural resources (fisheries, water, forests, agricultural soil and land) which are already under stress and threatening the livelihoods of the already marginalized communities and particularly women, who play an important role in ensuring household livelihood security. In the absence of both personal and social security and due to the breakdown of traditional practices, the natural resource base on which the people depend for their livelihood, is being over exploited and suffering further degradation. The planting of mangroves around villages in the Periphery of the National Park will directly supports rural livelihoods.

The tiger, fishing cat, spotted deer, wild boar, jungle cat, rhesus macaque, otter, pangolin, fox, crocodile, python, Gangetic dolphin and marine turtles are all found here. The bird species found here include the small minivet, black-hooded oriole, mangrove whistler, cinnamon bittern, swamp francolin, grey-headed fishing eagle, brown fish owl, osprey, purple sunbird, pale-billed flowerpecker, loten's sunbird, striated babbler, striped tit-babbler, brown-cheeked fulvetta, lemon-rumped warbler, brown-winged kingfisher, purple heron, fulvous-breasted woodpecker, northern eagle owl. Planting mangroves will restore degraded wildlife habitat.
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Rajesh Makhija