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Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem and its keystone species
Society for Conservation Biology Newsletter (2005)
  • Mohammed Ashraf
Abstract
Sundarbans (Bangladesh) mangrove forest is the largest contiguous mangrove ecosystem in the world. At 10,000 square km, it is also the largest wetland ecosystem with international importance for waterfowl habitats. The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is a focal species for biodiversity conservation management in the Sundarbans. Conservationists claim that Sundarbans harbors the largest population of tigers in south Asia. Sundarbans also acquired national and international protected area classifications; 23% of its total area has been designated as Sundarbans Wildlife Sanctuaries and United Nations World Heritage Sites. Use of the tiger as a keystone species and its impact on socioecological and economic considerations needs to be reviewed critically with the aim of formulating a management action plan for tiger conservation in the region.
Keywords
  • Sundarbans,
  • Keystone Species,
  • Bangladesh,
  • Tiger Conservation,
  • Mangrove,
  • Ecology,
  • Biodiversity,
  • Wetland,
  • Bengal Tiger
Publication Date
Summer 2005
Citation Information
Mohammed Ashraf. "Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem and its keystone species" Society for Conservation Biology Newsletter (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/biocentrism/8/