Natural Resource Management (NRM), Environment and Water

Projects have primary focus on NRM (forests, wetlands, coastal zones, etc.), biodiversity conservation, habitat restoration, critical habitats creation for biodiversity, making water availability for human and nature, waste management etc. fall under this theme. Usually NRM projects have components on livelihoods, climate change, DRR, etc. Such as, PROKRITI is an NRM project but has components on livelihoods, governance as cross cutting theme.

Key Highlights of NRM and Biodiversity Conservation

  • Covered 47.72-hectares of land by diverse plantation in Rohingya Camps and Host communities.
  • Along the Kalam Chhara – a sub stream of Madhur Chhara – a 2 K.M. long walkway has been constructed, which improved access and the communication system for Rohingya refugees
  • One Silt trap has been constructed in Camp 4 Ext to collect sediment through the NbS system.
  • Stream Rehabilitation: 24 K.M.
  • Institutional plantation: 12,500 saplings; Homestead Plantation: 8750 saplings
  • 5,27,750 Slips to be grown, nurtured and prepared for slope protection in the vetiver nursery.
  • 88,200 Seedlings to be grown, nurtured and prepared for plantation in plant nursery.
  • Bamboo Plantation: 10,700 Saplings
  • Conducted reconnaissance survey in Protected Areas (PA), namely the Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary, the Sheikh Jamal National Park and the Himchhari National Park to identify requirements to improve ecotourism facilities (three sites)
  • Identification and verification of human-elephant conflict areas and supporting the establishment of bio-fencing.
  • A total of 121 beel re-excavation schemes have been designed where 114 beel re-excavations have been completed.

Under the G4CR-II project, one canal was rehabilitated with the aim of storing rainwater in it for farming and crop diversification as well as to create the opportunity of capturing fish for the poor. Most importantly, it will help to achieve biodiversity conservation. This excavated canal will also lessen the flooding problem by storing rainwater, thus, reducing disaster risk (DRR) at local levels. The G4CR project also supported the project communities to suit court cases against the leaseholders for two canals. Several advocacy programs/events were organized in the forms of rally, human chain, hearing at the land office, supporting government initiative to evict canal grabbers, stakeholders’ meetings, and collectively submitting applications to district and sub-district authorities to cancel canal leasing and make them open for community use.

The constructed water reservoir for community use