Brief Description of the Project:
The Sustainable Forests & Livelihoods (SUFAL) Project is being implemented by the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD). The main aim of the project is to improve collaborative forest management and increase access to alternative income-generation activities for forest-dependent communities in the targeted Forest Divisions. Component 3 of the SUFAL Project focuses on institutionalizing Collaborative Forest Management (CFM) through working with Collaborative Forest Management Committees (CFMCs), formed with the forest-dependent communities. The Component 3 activities are being implemented in 7 discrete geographical locations (clusters) in the country. One of the SUFAL Project areas comprises the Hill Forests in Cox’s Bazar District. The project is being implemented in 64 forest Beats under 17 forest Ranges of Cox’s Bazar North and Cox’s Bazar South Forest Divisions. NACOM has been engaged by the BFD to field implement the Cluster: Hill Cox’s Bazar North and South (Package No. SD-57B), with an assignment titled “Collaborative Forest Management, Group Formation, Data entry, Training, etc.,” (henceforth called the project) in Cox’s Bazar North and Cox’ Bazar South Forest Divisions.
The project started in July 2021 and ended in June 2023. NACOM has been implementing a wide range of activities relating to the formation of community organizations and their capacity building to ensure their effective participation in local forest management, livelihood improvement of poor resource users, and community development programs, and substantial progress has been made in the implementation process of the project.
The overall objective of the project was to effectively engage the local community in collaborative forest management and promote alternative livelihood to reduce dependence on forest resources. The major activities were: (a) Formation, mobilization, and capacity building of local community organizations to collaborate with BFD in managing local forest resources. (b) Promotion of feasible AIG options among local poor communities to increase HH incomes through skill development and introducing a sustainable financing scheme. (c) Supporting community initiatives for locally led development initiatives within the local communities.
- 126 Collaborative Forest Management Committees (CFMC) formed and institutionalized.
- AIGA Skill development training of 10 selected livelihoods is provided to 8530 beneficiaries.
- AIG activities were promoted among 8530 poor beneficiaries HHs.
- Organizational skill development training was provided to 5760 members of the formed 126 CFMCs and their sub-committees (Such as FAC, FPCC, VSC, PC, etc.).
- Supported beneficiaries to access Livelihood Development funds from the Forest Department.
- Supported 126 forest groups to access the Community Development Fund.
- 126 forest groups mobilized and engaged in forest protection.
- Locally led development initiatives implemented in 126 communities.