Livelihood Development of Forest dependent Communities in and around Chunati Wildlife sanctuary
Implementing Entity : Society for Health Extension and development (SHED) in association with Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) of Zoology Department, Jahangirnagar University, Geography Department, Jahangirnagar University, Institute of Forestry & Environmental Sciences, Chittagong University
Location : Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary under Chunati and Jaldi Forest Range, 70 Km south to Chittagong city towards Cox’s Bazar; distributed in Lohagara, Banskhali and Chakaria Upazila
Duration : April’12 – June’16
Budget : BDT 4, 41, 32,913.00 (GIZ: BDT 3, 66, 32,913 and AF: BDT 65, 00,000)
Objectives :
  • Promotion of alternative livelihood of the forest dependent poor people of the project area through development of skills, institutions and enhance access to capital and market
  • Establishment of a Google earth/Remote Sensing data based monitoring system to track forest cover change over time for the CWS
  • Establish a monitoring system for the biodiversity of wild fauna of the CWS and publish the outputs (biodiversity related information and photographs) in the “Bio-Track” database
Major Achievements (as of June’14)

  • Motivated the stakeholders including forest dependent communities, local leaders, religious leaders, elites, social workers, school and college teachers, local government, and government line agencies to help implementing the project activities as well as conserving biodiversity of Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS).
  • Developed 60 Village Conservation Forum (VCF), 8 Union Federations (UF) and 12 Community Patrol Group (CPG) that comprises 2627 forest dependent poor people where more than 68% are women.
  • Improved empowerment of forest dependent people, especially women empowerment in access to decision making process, access to alternative livelihood development opportunities, access to project benefits and sustainable management of VCFs.
  • Developed social capital to ensure cooperation, coordination, transparency and accountability of Forest Department (FD) staff to CMC and implementation of co-management system in CWS as well as for livelihood development of forest dependent people and engaged them for conservation of CWS through co-management system.
  • Developed monthly savings attitude and cooperative spirit among the CBO members
  • Promoted and trained to adopt various AIGAs to the participants.
  • Supplied 700 sanitary latrines to the poor beneficiaries to prevent pollution from open latrine and helped eradicate water borne diseases, improved health security, increased income, reduced poverty, improved livelihood and as a result, helped reducing pressure on forest resources extraction from CWS.
  • Conducted environmental education and awareness raising programs through training 500 school students (10 schools), celebrating environmental days and arranging meetings for visiting trainees, students from different forest academies and schools with Co-management Organizations.
  • Major progress/achievements:

Total area under project (ha)


Number of project participants:


Amount of RLF (BDT):

76,13, 174

AF’s contribution


Community’s contribution


Present RLF amount revolving


Major IGAs offered


Number of trees/seedlings planted


Within forest


Within homestead


Major trees/seedlings planted

Acacia, Olive, Lemon, Bamboo, Mahagoni

Survival rate:

58 %

Number of ICS provided


Other supports provided

1,000 sanitary latrines to the beneficiaries

Contact : Mohammad Zashimuddin, Project Coordinator
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