Restoration and Conservation of Biodiversity in Denuded Hills in Sitakund and Mirsharai, Chittagong.
Implementing Entity : YPSA (Young Power in Social Action)
Location : Sitakund and Mirsharai, Chittagong
Duration : : June’09 – June’14
Budget : BDT 11,610,017
Objectives :
  • Establishment of a collaborative management system (co-management) for a sizable forested area of Sitakunda-Mirsharai hills involving local communities, Forest Department (FD) and other stakeholders.
  • Restoration of tree cover and biodiversity and sustainable management of the forest.
  • Improvement of livelihood of the poor people living in and around the forests and their access to fuel wood through alternative means.
  • Creation of opportunities for revenue generation from forest recreation or eco-tourism based activities benefiting local communities (Activities addressed to FD and C
Progress/ Achievements (as of June 2014)

  • Formed 24 Forest Dependent Group (FDG), 19 Village Conservation Forum (VCF), 1 Peoples Forum, 8 Eco-Club in the School level in RCBDH project area, 1 Co-management Council and 1 Co-management Committee for Co-management of Baroyadhala National Park.
  • Established 04 Union Federation Forest Dependent Group (UFFDG) under four unions in RCBDH area.
  • Installed 50 ICS (Improved Cooking Stoves) to reduce fuel wood consumption in the project site.
  • Operated forest resource extraction monitoring in 08 exit point of the project site to observe project impact on extraction.
  • Established bamboo treatment plant in North Fedainagar, for chemical treatment of bamboo to increase its service life and reduce extraction pressure of bamboo from forest.
  • Constructed 1 CMC office building near the range office of Baroyadhala National Park which is about to be completed.
  • Conducted 35 different AIGAs training on different topics, financial management training and leadership development training to encourage FDG members to step out from forest dependency.
  • Established 4 CPG under 4 Union in YPSA-RCBDH project area and the total members of CPG is 24.
  • Average income of FDG members increased by 62%. In 2009 average monthly of FDGs members was about BDT 5465 (In Baseline survey it was BDT 4880) and in 2014 average income of FDGs members is about BDT 8857.
  • Major progress/achievements:

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Present RLF amount revolving


Major IGAs offered

Paddy cultivation, Vegetable cultivation, Betel Leaf Cultivation, Handicraft, Small business, Grocery shop, fruit shop, vegetable shop

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Within forest


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Major trees planted

Akashmoni, Horitoki, Bohera, Amloki, Arjun, Chikrashi, Bokaine, Mengium, Gorjon, Champaful, Chapalish, Gamar

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Contact : Abdullah-Al-Mamun, Project coordinator
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