1. The Sundarbans, India
Spanning 10,000km2, this Unesco World Heritage Site, 100 km from Kolkata, is the world’s biggest contiguous mangrove forest, home to endangered Bengal tigers, Ganges and Irrawaddy dolphins and northern river terrapins.
2. Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, The Philippines
Declared a Ramsar site in 1994, this 920-hectare protected area composed of mangrove forests, sand flats, and coral reefs, 5km from Metro Cebu, is a stopover for around 10,000 migratory birds from Siberia and East Asia.
3. Kakadu National Park, Australia
More than 8,000 hectares of mangrove forests flourish within this 1.98 million-ha Unesco World Heritage Site in the North Territory. Located 170 km from Darwin, this is the country’s largest national park.
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This article was originally published in the July 2019 issue of Silkwinds magazine