March 29, 2010
The Sal forest in central and northern Bangladesh has long been used by local communities for everything from medicine to food and boat construction to fuel. However due to increasing population, the forest has long been over-exploited. In addition, rubber monoculture, commercial fuel-wood plantations, grazing, urbanization, and expanding agriculture have drastically reduced Bangladesh's Sal forest. On top of habitat loss, the biodiversity of the Sal forest is suffering from illegal poaching.
The Sal forest.
Finally, the paper recommends more studies into the ecology of the Sal forest.
Citation: Rahman, M. M., Motiur, M. R., Guogang, Z. and Islam, K.S. 2010. A review of the present threats to tropical moist deciduous Sal (Shorea robusta) forest ecosystem of central Bangladesh. Tropical Conservation Science Vol. 3 (1):90-102.
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