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The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest single mangrove forest in the world. The forest is home to many rare and endangered flora and fauna, including the estuarine crocodile, the Indian python, and the critically endangered royal Bengal tiger. The entire Sundarbans ecosystem is dependent upon the mangrove tree, which acts as a natural safeguard against cyclones, tidal surges, and sea water intrusion, but the area is increasingly at risk due to climate change and illegal activities such as tree-cutting and agricultural expansion. There is not currently a center dedicated to the study and preservation of this essential ecosystem, and if it is left outside of the educational spotlight it will remain vulnerable to ongoing attrition.
The Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) is looking to create the Mangrove Learning Centre will provide the region with a major institution of learning for mangrove tree research, and will be designed with the help of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. The Mangrove Learning Centre will provide a variety of services to the community and visitors which include: