During the monsoon season, flash floods are common in Chakaria Upazila, and these floods are responsible for property destruction, soil erosion, and agricultural damage in the area.
Dailpara Village Conservation Forum (VCF) proposed a one-kilometer-long Dailpara-Noyapara connecting road for landscape plantation activities with indigenous tree species such as Kathbadam, Chapalish, Dhaki Jam, Champaful, Telshur, Arjun, Neem, Amloki, Horitoki, Bohera, Mehogoni, Garjon, and others. NACOM team planted 1,200 saplings in August 2020 with the approval of Fashiakhali Union Parishad and following an Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and established a community watch to preserve the plantation. According to the Social Forestry Act 2004, a roadside plantation agreement was signed between Union Parishad (UP), the owner of roadside agricultural lands, Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD), Co-Management Committee (CMC), and the ECO LIFE team to ensure the sustainability of the plantation operation.
The survival rate of the planted trees is 99%, and after a short period of time, all trees attain a height of 10-15 feet. The plantation has significantly decreased the risk of soil erosion from flash floods, and locals are also spending their leisure time under these growing trees.
“We are enjoying the beauty of Roadside Plantation and can simply wander under the shade of the trees.” “Sometimes, young people come for fun,” says Shahed, a local student.