The Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve was established
over an area of 9,630 sq km south of the Dampier-Hodges line
in the delta in 1989 by GOI. This includes the Mangrove forests
cover (Reserve Forest) of 4,264 sq km which contains a tiger
reserve covering 2,585 sq km with a national park covering
1,330 sq km and three wildlife sanctuaries (Sajnekhali, Haliday
and Lothian Island). The remaining area, covering 5,366 sq
km, comprises reclaimed land.
The extent of mangrove Reserved Forest (RF)
in Indian Sundarban is around 4264 sq km (55% land and 45%
is under water/intertidal), which is under jurisdiction of
Chief Conservator of Forests (South) and Director, Sundarban
Biosphere reserve, and is administratively divided in to Sundarban
Tiger Reserve (area= 2585sq km), and South 24 parganas Forest
Division (area= 1679 sq km).
Field Director & Conservator of Forest
is in charge of Sundarban Tiger Reserve and a Divisional Forest
Officer is in charge of South 24 parganas forest division.
Joint Director, Sundarban Biosphere Reserve & Conservator
of Forests/ South Circle is the direct controlling officer
of DFO/ South 24 parganas Division.