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.