GNF - Sundarbans Wetland and Mangrove Forest
 

Sundarbans Wetland and Mangrove Forest – Bangladesh, India

 

The Sundarbans is a mangrove area in the delta formed by the confluence of Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal. The Sundarbans is a biodiversity hotspot covering an area of about 10,000 km². It is the home of many rare, endangered and critically endangered species. But it is matter of regret that 35 % of mangrove forests have been reduced since 1980s and every year 2.1 % mangroves are decreasing from the world (Ref: FAO 2003) due to peoples’ unsustainable resource harvesting and climate change.

 

The environmental situation of the wetland is not satisfactory at all as a result of the diverse human activities and natural causes. The Sundarbans resource harvesters (Fisherman, Honey collector and Nipa Collector) adopt unfair means and harvest mangrove resources in an unsustainable way. Illegal hunting and trading of wildlife and timber are problems.

 

 

Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)

 

BEDS is a non-profit organization established in 2010. The mission of the organization is to build the capacity of the most vulnerable communities in the region to ensure sustainable use of natural resources, provide eco-friendly means of living, reduce the adverse effects of climate change and improve their socio-economic condition while maintaining the ecological balance. BEDS has conducted i.a. projects on livelihood improvement for poor honey collectors, sustainable use of natural resources by promoting mangrove restoration traditional culture and skill of mangrove shrimp, an Eco Village Project in Bangladesh, Dolphin and Turtle Conservation Education among the Sundarbans fishermen, as well as Sundarbans Biodiversity Conservation through Eco-friendly women micro enterprise development.

 

Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)
Md. Maksudur Rahman
Chief Executive
House No. 6/3, Road No 01
Prantika R/A, Nirala, Khulna- 9100, Bangladesh
Phone: +88 041 721123
Mob: +88 01712 868 004
E-mail: info@bedsbd.org; bedsbd@gmail.com
Website: www.bedsbd.org

 Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)