The Sunderbans, a UNESCO World Heritage site that's separated from India by the Bay of Bengal, is one of the world's most vulnerable places to climate changeand it's in need of financial help.
Experts from India and Bangladesh met last week in Kolkata to discuss loss and damage caused by climate change, including rising sea levels, droughts, and cyclones, the Times of India reports.
"We need to identify potential donors,prioritise grants over loans and think of taxing fossil fuel to generate money," says Nilanjan Ghosh, an Ecological economist and head of thinktank Observation Research Foundation's Kolkata chapter.
"We shouldtry out some pilots in," adds Aarti Khosla of Climate Trends.
A global fund was created last year to help countries deal with climate change-linked loss and damage in the Sunderbans, but it hasn't yet been fully implemented, the Times of India reports.
Experts from both countries say a joint narrative on loss and damage in the Sunderbans is needed before the next UN climate change conference in Dubai in December.
(The Sunderbans are home to more than a dozen endangered tigers.)
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