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The Sundarbans is the world's largest mangrove forest, which stretches from Bangladesh to India. lt was declared a RAMSAR site in 1992 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The forest is almost 10,000 square kilometers, and roughly 60 percent of it falls within the territory of Bangladesh. Given its rich biodiversity and the unique ecosystems that lie within the forest, the ecological and environmental importance of the forest is immense. The forest is also the last stronghold for tigers in Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh Sundarbans illustrates the natural history of this magnificent forest. The book also provides a brief sketch of the life and livelihood of the resource users of this forest, and highlights how this patch of forest acts as a natural shield against natural catastrophes includling cyclones and tidal surges. The Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) publishes this book to create awareness among policy makers, professionals and visitors so that this precious piece of forest is properly conserved for generations to come.