Participatory forest management for the sustainable management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest

Roy, Anjan Kumer Dev and Alam, Khorshed (2012) Participatory forest management for the sustainable management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest. American Journal of Environmental Sciences, 8 (5). pp. 549-555. ISSN 1553-345X

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Abstract

Peoples participation in forest management has become successful in many countries of the world. The Sundarbans is the single largest mangrove forest in the world, bearing numerous values and holding importance from economic, social and ecological perspectives. It is the direct and indirect sources of the livelihood of 3.5 million people. As a reserve forest, government is always providing extra care through state monopolies for its management with the introduction of policies and guidelines. Bangladesh, being the signatory of a number of international conventions and treaties, is committed to preserve its resources. In spite of all these initiatives, its resources including biodiversity have been losing gradually over the last few decades. Thus, sole management by the Forest Department has raised the question of its sustainability. The need for a critical analysis of the options of present management structure and the involvement of local people and their power-sharing to reduce degradation is inevitable. In this study, we examine the prevailing management crisis of the state machinery of forest bureaucracy and forwarded the argument for community involvement through community-based forest management for sustainable use of its resources.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Open access journal, no copyright restrictions on reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is correctly cited.
Depositing User: Mrs Greta Mula
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2012 05:45
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 05:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh; co-management; forest-dependent communities; property rights; Sundarbans Mangrove Forest; sustainability
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180124 Property Law (excl. Intellectual Property Law)
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8201 Forestry > 820103 Integration of Farm and Forestry
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.3844/ajessp.549.555
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6279

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