Technical Assistance to the Community-Based Action towards the Sustainability of the Sundarbans Reserve Forest- CBAS-SRF under Sundarbans Environmental and Livelihood Security (SEALS) Project
(November 2014-January 2015)
Project Location: Morelganj, Saronkhola, Mongla
The name of the project is “Our Forest, Our Life”: A Community-Based Action towards the Sustainability of the Sunderbans Reserve Forest (CBAS-SRF) is implementing since February, 2012. The Project is funded by the European Union and with the cooperation of Bangladesh Forest Department; World Vision Bangladesh is implementing the project. It’s a three years project and the activities are being undertaken in 15 unions of Morelganj, Sarankhola and Mongla Upazilas and Mongla Municipality of Bagerhat district and Bhandaria Upazila of Pirojpur district. These locations were selected because a minimum of 15% of their dwellers depend on SRF resources and the household members regularly go for extraction. The main activities are being implemented under employment creation and enterprise development, DRR, market development and value chain issues and total beneficiary is 20200. The stakeholder are SRF resource collectors, child collectors, Older girl and boy collectors, Disaster Management Committees, Co-management committees (CMC), Forest Department officials, Government administrative representatives in regular contact with SRF collectors, World Vision direct project staff, World Vision UK and other development agencies who are working with the Sunderbans forest resources collectors and the donor European Union.
- Work with Upazila or union disaster management committees on risk reduction planning processes and support their capacity building.
- Support the creation of village and ward level disaster management committees, linked up with union disaster management committees, and the development of community risk reduction plans.
- Increase forest collectors’ awareness of and access to government safety net programs.
- Awareness raising campaigns on DRR measures, adapted to illiterate populations.
- Promote forest collectors’ understanding of the forest Co-management approach.
Create village people’s forums/conservation advocacy groups in 15 unions and 1 municipality,connected to the existing co-management committees, as well as union advocacy committees in the unions which are not under existing co-management committees, to promote conservation of the SRF.
- Link and facilitate workshops and meetings between Co-management Committees and resource collectors and community leaders for improving and monitoring SRF protection.
- prepare the ‘Best Practices and Lessons Learnt’ report as per reporting frameworks provided by World Vision (Annex A).
- Soft copy/electronic version of the report and Power Point Presentation and hard copy including 500 printed copies of final report of on major study findings.
Hard copies of all completed questionnaires (if have) and others tools which will use in field survey and during success story collection.