Completed Project

Description of Project
Objectives of the project
Key Achievements
NACOM Deliverables

Community Based Flood plain Resource Management under Sustainable Environment Management Program (SEMP)

Assignment Location within country:
Central and North central Region (Padma-Jamuna Floodplain, Manikgonj and Brahmaputra Floodplain Mymensingh and Gazipur)
Partner Organization:Ministry of Environment and Forest funding from UNDP/GEF
Start Date: October 1998Completion Date:December 2005
Name of Joint Venture Consultants: IUCN Bangladesh
Description of Project:
Overall objective of the project is to improve the environmental quality of the country coupled with sustainable development, poverty alleviation and capacity building for better environmental management. The specific objectives for the project component are:
Prevent and reverse the trend of wetland degradation
Sustainable use of wetlands resources
Promote sustainable development in the intervention area

NACOM Deliverable

The aquatic habitat survey was restricted to river habitat only. The survey of river habitat will included the parts of the Kushiyara river that consist of the retaining wall as well as the zone (mainly downstream) that is likely to be influenced by the river training activities and as well as due to changes in flow regime, if any
Within the riverine habitat observations were made on the fish diversity, mollusks, prawns and other aquatic animals, including the dolphins. Special efforts were taken to collect information on the foraging, resting and breeding areas within the survey area
The identified river habitat was also checked for the existence of any important fishing ground, fish sanctuary, breeding/spawningv and nursing ground of fish and other aquatic mammals.
Fish and prawn survey was carried out by making observation on fisher’s catch, local fish market survey and interview of local fishers.
Benthic sediment samples were collected from the river bed/bank where the retaining wall was constructed to document the occurrence of the benthic organisms that might be affected due to river training.

Terrestrial Sampling

Formed and organized community groups and build their capacity in CBO and NR management
Collected baseline data, assess socioeconomic development needs and flood/erosion vulnerability
Implemented massive plantation, established nurseries, implemented plantation programs
Carried out demonstrations for ecological farming, alternate income options etc.
Conducted environmental awareness programs
Established conservation areas, (birds, fish and wildlife)
Alternate livelihood development of poor resource users and management of revolving fund
Re-excavation of 5 km of canal to establish connectivity
Construction of an eco-cottage for eco-tourism
Established participatory monitoring and evaluation systems
Documented the experience of the project and disseminate the successes and the lessons learned