Strategy on Mangrove Wetland Conservation and Participatory Biodiversity Management

IBRAD has initiated a program to develop capacity of the community members for mangrove wetlands conservation and Participatory Biodiversity Management in Jharkhali, Sundarban.

Sunderban  ‘Mangrove Wetlands’ represent a unique ecosystem in itself and play a number of roles in the environment particularly in the areas of water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. While acknowledging the valued role, its conservation of the ecosystem poses a challenge.

IBRAD with active support from the Sundaban Biosphere Reserve, Department of Agriculture, Panchayats have started an initiative to build capacity of the community members for conservation of the natural resources including wetlands, water bodies, mangrove forest and develop methods for participatory biodiversity management. It has also developed modules and has been conducting training for sustainable livelihood development by building community institution.

Initially the activities have stated in Mandalgheri, Bidhan Pally and Neheru Pally. Community members have formed their own groups, started conservation, conducted plantation, raising nursery, adopting sustainable fish farming methods etc.

In consultation with the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve the area can be extended in other Blocks and Ranges.

The Objective of the Project is to

  • Study the baseline of the effectiveness of JFMC/EDC and document the impact of the efforts of community on conservation of the Mangrove Biodiversity .
  • Develop criteria to assess the effectiveness of JFMC/ EDC as institution
  • Develop simple Criteria and Indicators for Community Participation in Biodiversity Monitoring.
  • Involve community JFMC/EDC to document the change in the status of Biodiversity.
  • Conduct training for the community for developing skills for livelihood based of their local resources.
  • Document the process and impact of the endevour of IBRAD at Dhanchi Process.