Attitudes towards current and alternative management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh to achieve sustainability

Roy, Anjan Kumer Dev and Gow, Jeff (2015) Attitudes towards current and alternative management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh to achieve sustainability. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management , 58 (2). pp. 213-228. ISSN 0964-0568

Abstract

This paper examines the challenges of achieving sustainable management of the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans (SMF) in Bangladesh. During the past two decades, conflicts between mangrove maintenance and the pressure to provide economic livelihoods to forest-dependent communities (FDCs) have emerged and persisted. The SMF is currently managed by the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) under a state property rights regime. This study explores an alternative property rights regime which includes participatory approaches and co-management with FDCs to achieve sustainability, both economically and environmentally. Focus group discussions and a survey were the methods used to assess the prospects. The study finds that the absence of a management partnership between the BFD and FDCs is mainly responsible for the policy failures to achieve sustainable management of the SMF. However, evidence is presented that a 'co-management' property rights regime cannot be established until FDC capacity is enhanced through the formation of community level institutions.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Published online 21 Nov 2013.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 04:09
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 04:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: alternative livelihoods; Bangladesh; co-management; demand-side policies; property rights; Sundarbans Mangrove Forest
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070402 Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2013.850405
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24363

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