Conserving Natural Resources and Improving Livelihoods through Collaborative Management
Seed distribution under IPAC AIG program in Sylhet Cluster
Bangladesh is currently experiencing a steady loss of biodiversity in its protected areas: national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, game reserves, wetland and fishery sanctuaries, and ecologically critical areas. Despite this situation, people living in and around these ecosystems continue to extract and use the shrinking resources, mainly because they have few alternatives. In addition, some local communities perceive these areas to be a direct threat to their own livelihoods and to their land ownership and access rights.
Without the active involvement of local people, increased economic incentives for their collaboration in conservation efforts and the adoption of more sustainable patterns of resource use, the protected areas will continue to deteriorate. Bangladesh needs to develop and scale-up sustainable approaches to the co-management (collaborative management) of these areas that take into account existing socio-economic dynamics, prevailing ecological conditions, and policy, legal and governance frameworks.
Co-managing protected areas
Improving environmental resources management
At the project’s conclusion, WorldFish staff hopes to have scaled-up natural resource co-management at the government’s policy and operational levels. Senior ministry staff in Bangladesh’s environment, forestry, and fisheries agencies will have been provided with technical expertise in natural resources inventory and mapping, biodiversity assessment and management methods, economics, adaptation to climate change, and water resources and watershed management. The project will also have expanded the geographic area under co-management to ensure nationwide, long-term success and contribute to sustained, broad-based economic growth.