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Leonardo DiCaprio praises Bangladesh for protecting St Martin’s Island

Update : 23 Jan 2022, 12:42

Oscar-winning actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio has congratulated the Bangladeshi government for establishing a Marine Protected Area around Saint Martin's Island.

DiCaprio stated on his verified Twitter account that this move will protect the biodiversity in that important location. 

‘Congrats to the Government of Bangladesh, local communities and NGOs on a newly established Marine Protected Area around Saint Martin’s Island that will protect an incredible community of biodiversity and provide key habitat for Bangladesh’s only coral reef,’ DiCaprio wrote.

He also shared a photograph crediting Wildlife Conservation Society, showcasing the picturesque view of the mentioned area.

He said the initiative will protect an incredible community of biodiversity and provide key habitat for Bangladesh’s only coral reef.

‘This newly declared marine protected area spans 672 square miles on Bangladesh’s southernmost tip,’ said the actor and environmentalist.

In a separate post from his verified Facebook page, he said the tropical waters are home to the country’s only corals, as well as pods of elusive Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and endangered whale sharks, now sheltered by the region’s newest protected area.

‘Next steps will be to develop a science-based, community-informed management plan, raise awareness about regulations in the MPA, build capacity for conducting government and community-led enforcement and monitoring patrols, controlling domestic waste, and beginning to restore degraded corals,’ he mentioned.

He hailed the Bangladeshi government, Wildlife Conservation Society, local communities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on this significant achievement.

Bangladesh government has designated a 1,743-square-kilometer portion of the Bay of Bengal around Saint Martin's as the 'Saint Martin's Marine Protected Area' to protect marine biodiversity.

The decision was made to assist prevent uncontrolled ships and motor boats, overfishing, dumping of waste and dangerous chemicals into the sea, damage of coral colonies, and depletion of the area's biodiversity, according to the ministry of environment, forest, and climate change.

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