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.
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 marine conservation in Bangladesh while you have ceased to operate?
People who collaborated on this platform are now working either with their new initiatives or affiliated with traditional conservation groups. You will find more information on the ‘Collaborators’ page. There is an unlimited number of ways to contribute to their work in coastal and marine conservation. Explore!
How Save Our Sea was funded?
We worked as part of on non-monetary partnership-based initiatives; we did 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 were non-paid staff who were engaged to perform very specific duties or functions, and/or
How this website is funded now?
As public interest about this platform is still overwhelming, it’s been decided to keep the website alive for some time funded personally by few former collaborators. The hope is that it will help you by providing the necessary information.