May 29, 2022, 4:54 pm


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Published:
2022-01-22 22:47:00 BdST

DiCaprio lauds Bangladesh for protecting biodiversity around St Martin’s Island


Oscar-winning Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio has congratulated the government of Bangladesh and other relevant stakeholders for establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) around Saint Martin’s Island.

Taking to his verified Twitter account, DiCaprio said that this move will safeguard the biodiversity in that significant area.

“Congrats to the Government of Bangladesh, local communities & 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 (WCS), showcasing the picturesque view of the mentioned area.

Posted at 8:30 pm (Bangladesh time) on Friday, the tweet has been garnering massive attention with retweets and likes from his followers around the world.

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 congratulated the Bangladesh government, Wildlife Conservation Society with support from Re:wild, the local communities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on this important accomplishment.

A high-profile and vocal advocate of the battle against climate change, DiCaprio often uses his social media profiles to discuss climate change. This is the first time Bangladesh has been in one of his tweets.

To safeguard marine biodiversity, the Bangladesh government has designated a 1,743 square kilometre section in the Bay of Bengal around Saint Martin's as the 'Saint Martin's Marine Protected Area.'

According to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the decision was taken to help prevent uncontrolled ships and motor boats, overfishing, dumping of waste and harmful chemicals in the sea, destruction of coral colonies and depletion of the area's biodiversity.

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