Bay of Bengal
Bangladesh and seven other littoral countries of the Bay of Bengal is home to some 400 million people who live in the Low Elevation Coastal Zone and rely on this common Large Marine Ecosystem for their subsistence. Poverty is high in the drainage basin of the bay, which is the world’s largest, and a global marine biodiversity hotspot.
Challenges to Conservation
In the Bay of Bengal region, major social-ecological challenges are rising sea level, extreme weather events. And, these external stressors are being aggravated by diverse local stressors including burgeoning economic and strategic activities resulting into rapid loss of ecosystem goods and biodiversity.
Preparing for Solutions
To reduce the vulnerabilities of coastal communities, we need to start with addressing two of the key challenges; the lack of trained human resources in locally-led conservation, and the lack of trans-boundary community stewardship of the coastal and marine ecosystems and biodiversity.
Bay of Bengal Region
How We Did It
As a collaborative learning and action platform, we brought together conservationists, communities, businesses, policymakers, and students to share learning and develop new conservation models and frameworks.
Creating Environmental Workforce
Implementing knowledge platforms is our way to help students and early career professionals to be prepared for New Conservation.
We strive for mainstreaming the challenging approach of evidence based social-ecological conservation through citizen-science.
Facilitating Trans-boundary Learning
Facilitating learning-sharing to prepare the region for trans-boundary management of the Bay of Bengal LME is our priority.
We facilitated diverse stakeholders for the implementation of locally-led programs which are designed to go beyond the limitations of science, and able to enhance community resilience through conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity.