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Plan underway to monitor Sundarbans with drones

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Dhaka, Sep 9 (IANS) The Bangladesh Forest Department has planned to monitor the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a Unesco world heritage site, with drones to check crimes including poaching of tigers and deer, the media reported on Monday.

To check various crimes, including felling of trees, catching fish defying ban, and the poaching of tigers and deer, the Forest Department is planning to deploy drones, said Md Amir Hossain Chowdhury, Deputy Chief Conservator of Forest, reports The Daily Star newspaper.

"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.

The Department was also considering to construct a net-fence around the forest to prevent the intrusion of tigers into the localities.

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.

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.

 

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