Coal projects threaten unique wetlands
Having waited some years for a national coal policy to be introduced by the government, citizens of Bangladesh are still in the dark over whether coherent regulations will be introduced this year. The ruling party still seems intent on allowing open-pit coal mining of the major Phulbari coal deposit, despite massive opposition from local people and a well-coordinated national campaign against the proposal. A fundamental objection to Phulbari is that the transportation segment of the project, as currently designed, would  directly threaten the Sundarbans – the largest wetlands in the world, which are shared between Bangladesh and India.