Community Based Conservation of Village common forest in Rowangchari, Bandarban
Implementing Entity : TAHZINGDONG
Location : Rowangchari Upazila (Sadar & Taracha Union), Bandarban (Sowalok Union)
Duration : June’09 – April’17
Budget : BDT 91, 05,565
Objectives :
  • Sustainable management of community based forests and institutional capacity building of forest based communities.
  • Livelihood security through alternative income generating activities (AIGA).
  • Watershed and its catchments area protection through awareness and plantation activities.
  • Advocacy and awareness campaign on forest and environmental security and biodiversity conservation.
  • Entrepreneurship development and increased of market accessibility for lively hood development in the targeted area.
Progress/ Achievements (as of June 2014)

  • Ensured sustainable supply of water from forests in Tulachari Para of Rowangchari in the locality through setting up a gravitational flow system (GFS). That helped improving public health and contributed decreasing water born diseases.
  • VCFs land (registration) recommendation (demarcation) letter received from headman (Local traditional Authority 1900 act amendment of CHT) and submitted through UNO to Govt designated Authorities of Land.
  • Designed and displayed signboard/billboard as promotional material in public focus places in Rowangchari for raising awareness regarding natural forest conservation and restoration.
  • Planted endangered forest species in the VCF’s.
  • Increased forest resources and water level in the stream.
  • Reduced to much dependency of firewood collection through providing Improved Cooking Stove (ICS) technology to the community.
  • Reduced dependency of Jhum cultivation.
  • Registered the VCF committee under Govt. Social welfare office.
  • Provided skill development training on agro-forestry, nursery establishment and management to forest dependent communities.
  • Ensured regular monitoring of the forest resources by VCF committee.
  • In 2014, the organization provided livestock project (Goat, Pig, Chicken etc) as input support for the extreme poor family of VCF dependent communities.
  • Improved the organizational capacity to handle this type of forest and biodiversity conservation project.
  • Major progress/achievements:

Total area under project (ha)


Number of project participants:


Amount of RLF (BDT):


Present RLF amount revolving


Major IGAs offered

Small business(shop/hotel), Ginger, turmeric, Badam ,Banna cultivation, vegetable cultivation

Number of trees planted


Within forest


Within homestead


Major trees planted

Hijol, Civit, Jarual, Bohera, Horitoki, Amloki, Jam, Goyava, Chapalish, Papaya, Champafull, Rain tree

Survival rate:

75 %

Number of ICS provided


Contact : Piching U, Project coordinator
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