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Environmental change and struggle for existence: A case study of Pakhiralaya and Rangabelia Village, Gosaba in sunderban area of West Bengal

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Subhadip Gupta and Gargi Sarkar

Sunderban is the largest space of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the globe. It is a delta of the rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna and located in West Bengal state of India and neighboring country of Bangladesh. The present paper deals with the changing nature of agro-climatic condition in Indian Sunderban and its effect on the economy of that region. Economy is such an indicator which determines the status of living. So the present paper will examine the basic character of traditional economy of Sunderban region, as well as, it also looks into the recent changes that occur in the economic composition of Indian Sunderban region due to this reason. The paper will give emphasis on the relation between the climate change and its impact on regional economy with special reference to Pakhiralaya and Rangabelia. Thus the paper will try to find out the changes in economic sector as a part of adaptation with changing environment.

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