es and livelihoods in the Sundarbans ecosystem:           South-west Bangladesh                  Mostafa Aktheruzzaman    ...
The Coasts in Bangladesh The coastal people in  Bangladesh live in 710 km  long coastal belt with 86% of  the land having...
Majed Ali – a small shrimp farmer•   Owns 4 acre (1.5 hectare) of land•   Before shrimp        paddy,        livestock, ...
Jahanara Begum – a labourer•   Now      Shrimp larvae collection      Earth work for road / embankment       constructio...
ShushilanProgrammes• Socio-economic  development of the  under privileged Sustainable  environmental resource  management...
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Lives and Livelihoods in the Sundarbans ecosystem: South-west Bangladesh. By Dr. Mostafa Aktheruzzaman

  1. 1. es and livelihoods in the Sundarbans ecosystem: South-west Bangladesh Mostafa Aktheruzzaman Shushilan Bangladesh Whole Decision Network Analysis for Coastal Ecosystems (WD-NACE) ESPA Programme Framework project neela.matin@york.ac.uk 1 End-of-project workshop in London, 27 September 2012
  2. 2. The Coasts in Bangladesh The coastal people in Bangladesh live in 710 km long coastal belt with 86% of the land having an elevation of less than 5 metres. The realities of life includes  magnificent creeks  stunning forests along with  problems of salinity  water logging  storm surge inundation. 2
  3. 3. Majed Ali – a small shrimp farmer• Owns 4 acre (1.5 hectare) of land• Before shrimp  paddy,  livestock,  chicken  vegetable garden  water plants (various spinach)  herbal plants  fish• Now  shrimp  limited brackish water fish• “Devastating ecological consequences of shrimp culture makes it difficult to make a living, particularly if there is a natural disaster or a fall in the world market”. 3
  4. 4. Jahanara Begum – a labourer• Now  Shrimp larvae collection  Earth work for road / embankment construction  Cooking in the brickfields - migratory work outside the area• Earlier  Housewife and mother  Husband used to work as agricultural worker, forest gatherer and fisher  Husband and one son killed by tiger in two separate incidents• “Currently, there is no work for rice processing, the shrimp larvae is also greatly reduced, hardly any work available in the area, so we often have to starve.” Photo courtsey: 4 http://www.kolkatabirds.com/tiger_sundarbans.jpg
  5. 5. ShushilanProgrammes• Socio-economic development of the under privileged Sustainable environmental resource management Education and Health & Nutrition Human rights and good governance Sustainable people’s organisation

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