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HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT IN THE SUNDARBANS

Maumita Banerjee

Sundarbans, situated in the lap of West Bengal, India and Bangladesh is famous for several reasons. It is not only the largest mangrove forest in the world but also a home to the endangered species of the Bengal Tiger. It is these characteristics of the forest that make it so important for the tiger and the humans inhabited around the reserved forest, most of who have their livelihood dependent on the Sundarbans. The case study attempts to throw light at the human versus animal combat prevailing in the World Heritage site and how it affects the lives of both. It attempts to reveal and question the existing balance system and provides solutions to improve upon the same such that the environment can exist sustainably in peace and harmony.