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Rising Salinity in the Sundarban Mangroves of Bangladesh

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani 1st June 2010 16:21

One of the main impacts will be the loss of the Sundarbans, the coastal mangroves on the Western coast, the habitat for several valuable species which act as a barrier against storm surge. A 45 cm sea level rise would inundate 75% of the Sundarbans, and 67 cm sea level rise could inundate all of the system. Estimates indicate that up to 40% of mangroves will be lost. Salinity could increase substantially in many areas as a result.