An empirical analysis of conservation practices, management and sustainability in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh

Roy, Anjan Kumer Dev and Alam, Khorshed and Gow, Jeff (2015) An empirical analysis of conservation practices, management and sustainability in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 14 (4). pp. 332-350. ISSN 1474-6778


This article examines the factors that influence conservation practices in the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans in Bangladesh. It explores the relationship between tree density reductions and management practices. 412 households in forest-dependent communities (FDCs) were interviewed. Their overwhelming view is that the Sundarbans is being over exploited through overharvesting. Results show that FDCs who engage in resource harvesting under the current property rights regime have less participation in and lower motivation for the conservation of forest resources.

Current management by the forest department results in lower commitment by the community to conservation. Conservation of resources could be achieved by the allocation of expanded property rights to give management roles to communities. With the granting of these rights they would engage in conservation practices. The results suggest that constructing effective strategies to promote mangrove conservation require these two factors to be addressed to achieve sustainable forest management.

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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 due to Publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 06:59
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 01:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh; mangrove forest conservation; Sundarbans Mangrove Forest; forest-dependent communities; FDCs
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8201 Forestry > 820102 Harvesting and Transport of Forest Products

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