The Sundarbans (1997)

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Bangladesh 1993. Scenic view of Sundarbans.

The Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest such forests in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. It is adjacent to the border of India's Sundarbans World Heritage site inscribed in 1987. 

The site is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests, and presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes. The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the Bengal tiger and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.

  • Bangladesh 1993. Scenic view of Sundarbans [Sunderban]. 

In its justification for inscription of the property UNESCO states, that Sundarbans is one of the largest remaining areas of mangroves in the world, which supports an exceptional biodiversity with a wide range of flora and fauna, including the Bengal Tiger and provides a significant example of on-going ecological processes (monsoon rains, flooding, delta formation, tidal influence and plant colonisation). 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Bangladesh (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Bangladesh Section, for further information about the individual properties. 

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