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How a women-led initiative are trying to preserve new islands in Sunderbans

For every island that is washed away by rising tides in the Sundarbans, a new one is created somewhere else. A women-led initiative is making sure these newly-formed islands are preserved

Sundarbans  |  Environment

Namrata Acharya 

The forest department has tried to prevent tigers from straying into nearby villages by erecting a fence along the river that divides Patharpara from the forest area, but it has been ineffective

Wading through knee-deep mud, a measuring tape and GPS-device in hand, Minoti Sil and Monika Misra erect poles two meters apart around a patch of tender mangroves. They are in the middle of a mudflat with another woman, Purnima Mishra, who takes out a slide caliper to measure the height and diameter of mangrove plants, which have grown in this block of mudflat over the past month.



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First Published: Sat, June 15 2019. 22:48 IST