Recolonization and Mass Propagation of Civit (Swintonia floribunda)
Implementing Entity : Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Chittagong University
Location : Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Chittagong University (IFESCU), Chittagong
Duration : 5 Years (November 2006 to October 2011)
Budget : BDT. 3,000,000 (USD 1.00 = BDT 69.00 approx.)
Context :

Civit (Swintonia floribunda) is a soft wood tree species growing naturally in the coast of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Chittagong Hill Tracts. The species has great economic and ecological significance. Plywood and match factories largely depend on the wood of this species. The species is relatively slow growing and the rate of its extraction from the forests is much faster than that of its natural regeneration. As a result it is becoming critically endangered in Bangladesh. On the ecological significance this species supports a very rare bird in Bangladesh namely "White Wing Wood Duck", which nests on this tree. The conservation of Civit will therefore help restore natural habitat of the above mentioned rare bird.

Objectives :
  1. Conservation of Civit from the threat of extinction.
  2. Restoration of the habitat of White Wing Wood Duck.
  3. Increase supply of industrial soft wood to meet the demand of plywood and match factories.
Main Activities :
  1. Stocktaking of the current status of Civit trees in Bangladesh.
  2. Collection of Civit germplasm from forests for selection and multiplication
  3. Mass propagation of selected germplasm of Civit through seedling raising & vegetative method.
  4. Development of tissue culture protocol for Civit.
  5. Motivating Forest Department and other relevant entities in public and private sectors for recolonization of Civit trees in selected forest areas for the improvement of habitat of White Wing Wood Duck
  6. Awareness raising of stakeholders for the conservation, recolonization and propagation of Civit trees
  7. Preparation and publication of a nursery manual for Civit.
  8. Dissemination of propagation techniques of Civit to relevant stakeholders through training and workshops
  9. Establishment of seed orchard of Civit
Progress/Achievements (as of March 2010) :
  1. Exploration made in the natural ranges and plantations in south eastern hills (Chittagong Hill Tracts) of Bangladesh and identified a few trees in Ali Keong, Faruah, and Pablakhali Ranges. Seeds were collected from these trees and seedlings were raised from those seeds in the IFESCU nursery.
  2. Civit fruit/seeds of different provenances (Ukhiya, Cox's bazaar, Dulhazara, Tonkawati, Hazarikhil, Satgaon) were collected and about 12,000 seedlings were raised in the IFESCU nursery. About 8,000 have survived and growing well which will be used for future plantation and extension program.
  3. Established 8 hedge orchards for clonal propagules raised from vegetative materials of Civit clones (provenances) collected from Cox's bazaar, Tonkawati, Hazarikhil, Dulhazara, Ukhiya, and Satgaon. A series of experiments were set to find the effect of rooting hormone, survival and growth of propagules.
  4. Two stands of plantation consisting 900 and 600 seedlings have been established at IFESCU campus. Seedlings for these plantation stands were collected from private nurseries (raised through Arannayk Foundation fund) and IFESCU, respectively.
  5. IFESCU has planted 8680 seedlings of Banspata through Forest Department, NGOs and interested individuals.

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