Arsenic MapArsenic Contamination

A devastating environmental disaster threatens the lives of millions of Bangladeshis (and people of West Bengal) as a result of aresnic contamination of the ground water. Tens of millions of persons in many districts are drinking ground water with arsenic concentrations far above acceptable levels. Thousands of people have already been diagnosed with poisoning symptoms, even though much of the at-risk population has not yet been assessed for arsenic-related health
problems.

The Arsenic Crisis Information Center is the online focal point and repository for this crisis. This is a comprehensive resource for anyone wishing to know more about the crisis and wanting to help in alleviating teh situation.

National Parks and Sanctuaries

The information below has been drawn from the 1993 United Nations List of National Parks and Protected Areas of the WCMC Protected Areas Database. Only those sites meeting strict criteria are included, principally those meeting IUCN Management Category I-V and covering more than 1,000ha.

National Park

NameCategoryLocationSizeYear
BhawalV24 01’N/ 90 20’E5,0221982
MadhupurV24 45’N/ 90 05’E8,4361982

Wildlife Sanctuary

NameCategoryLocationSizeYear
ChunatiIV21 40’N/ 92 07’E7,7641986
PablakhaliIV23 08’N/ 92 16’E42,0871983
Rema-KalengaIV24 05’N/ 91 37’E1,0951981
Sundarbans EastIV21 53’N/ 89 47’E5,4391977
Sundarbans SouthIV21 50’N/ 89 24’E17,8781977
Sundarbans WestIV21 44’N/ 89 15’E9,0691977

Endangered and Threatened Species

This information below is derived from the 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals and is maintained in the WCMC Species Database. The species listed are those considered to be globally threatened as of late 1993 according to the IUCN status categories.

ClassOrderFamily Species

Aves

CiconiiformesArdeidaeArdea insignis E White-bellied Heron
GruiformesOtididaeEupodotis indica E Lesser Florican
MammaliaCarnivoraFelidaePanthera tigris E Tiger
LagomorphaLeporidaeCaprolagus hispidus E Hispid Hare
PrimatesHylobatidaeHylobates hoolock E Hoolock Gibbon
ProboscideaElephantidaeElephas maximus E Indian Elephant
ReptiliaCrocodyliaGavialidaeGavialis gangeticus E Gharial
TestudinesCheloniidaeChelonia mydas E Green Turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata E Hawksbill Turtle
Lepidochelys olivacea E Olive Ridley
EmydidaeBatagur baska E Batagur

UNESCO World Heritage List

  • 1985 Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat
  • 1985 Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur

Relevant Links

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