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 Do It
As a collaborative learning and action platform, we bring together conservationists, communities, businesses, policymakers, and students to share learning and develop new conservation models and frameworks.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contribute to your work?
There is an unlimited number of ways to contribute to our work; you can start with subscribing to our email list, follow us on social media, and take part in our campaigns to spread the word. For more active engagement, please explore the programs to match your interest and scope of contribution. Probably, you will be interested to build conservation initiative in your community based on our conservation models and programs.
How do I partner with you or join your team?
If you are representing any organization sharing our approach to challenges and solutions for coastal and marine conservation in Bangladesh and greater Bay of Bengal region, and interested to explore partnership opportunities, or if you are an individual professional interested to collaborate on specific activity or program as research or program associates or affiliates; please visit this page.
How Save Our Sea is funded?
We work as part of on non-monetary partnership-based initiatives; we do not raise money from the public or private sector or apply for grants from national or international donors. All the collaborator on our platforms including associates, affiliates, intern, and volunteers are non-paid staff who is engaged to perform very specific duties or functions, and/or recognised/acknowledged for their contribution to program activities.
What opportunities do you have for trans-boundary collaboration?
Although we are based in Bangladesh, we are strongly focused on building trans-boundary conservation efforts. Currently, we are emphasizing to organizing knowledge forum, professional exchange, learning-sharing on three of our specialized blogs and other online platforms.