Published:  12:01 AM, 02 December 2017 Last Update: 12:05 AM, 02 December 2017

Teknaf Peninsula: Ecosystem beach

Teknaf Peninsula: Ecosystem beach

Teknaf Peninsula or Teknaf Sea Beach is one of the longest sandy beach ecosystems (80 km) in the world. It represents a transitional ground for the fauna of the Indo-Himalayan and Indo-Malayan ecological sub-regions. Important habitats at the site include mangrove, mudflats, beaches and sand dunes, canals and lagoons and marine habitat.

Mangrove forest occurs in Teknaf peninsula both as natural forest with planted stands and mostly distributed in the intertidal zone. The Teknaf peninsula mangroves support the habitat of 161 different fisheries species. Teknaf is located at 20.8667°N 92.3000°E. It has 23, 675 households and a total area of 388.68 km².

The tidal range at the Teknaf coastal area is strongly influenced by the Naaf river estuary. The area has a warm tropical climate and sufficient rainfall to enable it to support a wide biological diversity. Teknaf has 6 Unions/Wards, 13 Mauzas/Mahallas, and 133 villages.

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