Sustainability through an alternative property-rights regime for Bangladesh's mangrove forest

Roy, Anjan Kumer Dev and Alam, Khorshed and Gow, Jeff (2013) Sustainability through an alternative property-rights regime for Bangladesh's mangrove forest. Geographical Review, 103 (3). pp. 372-389. ISSN 0016-7428


This study examines the challenges of achieving sustainable management of the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, in Bangladesh. The Sundarbans is currently managed by the Bangladesh Department of Forest, under a state property-rights regime, while our study explores an alternative property-rights regime. We employed a mixed-method approach to examine the prospects of alternative management and livelihood strategies to achieve sustainability. Both focus groups and household surveying were used to assess the opportunities for, and barriers to, achieving sustainability. It was found that two conflicting groups forest-dependent communities and foresters are responsible for policy failures due to the absence of power-sharing arrangements, nor is it likely a common property-rights regime will be enough to cap degradation and achieve sustainability, while supply-and-demand policy interventions
may well could help achieve sustainable management of the Sundarbans.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Copyright 2013 by the American Geographical Society of New York. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2013 04:20
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 01:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: alternative livelihoods; Bangladesh; demand-side policies; property rights; Sundarbans
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160401 Economic Geography
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960609 Sustainability Indicators
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9612 Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments > 961203 Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest and Woodlands Environments
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2013.00004.x

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