Nishorgo Network

Recognizing the need to save/conserve the most productive ecosystems of the country, the Government of Bangladesh materialized its concern by establishing the Nishorgo Network comprising of forest and wetland Protected Areas (PAs) by which empowered local communities join hands with the Government of Bangladesh to protect the natural assets of the nation in the form of a collaborative management (co-management) that benefits local communities through various biodiversity conservation efforts.Nishorgo Network is established by the Government of Bangladesh to benefit local communities through conservation of forest and wetland biodiversity with support from USAID’s Integrated Protected Area Co-Management (IPAC) Project. This Network is implemented by the Ministry of Environment & Forests (Forest Department & Department of Environment) and Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock (Department of Fisheries).

The Nishorgo Network

Recognizing the need to save/conserve the most productive ecosystems of the country, the Government of Bangladesh materialized its concern by establishing the Nishorgo Network comprising of forest and wetland Protected Areas (PAs) by which empowered local communities join hands with the Government of Bangladesh to protect the natural assets of the nation in the form of a collaborative management (co-management) that benefits local communities through various biodiversity conservation efforts.





The Network and its Benefits

The Nishorgo Network thrives on the core concept of collaboratively-managed and conserved wetlands and forests scattered throughout Bangladesh. Being a populated country with large number of rural people living in close proximity to forest and wetland ecosystems, the Network recognizes the fact that nature can never be conserved without engaging the neighboring communities in the process. The Network has been formalized precisely to allow local communities to work hand in hand with Government to conserve nature in ways that benefit the poor. The Network provides natural habitats for wildlife and fisheries to be sustainably managed, and in doing so to create benefits for the people living nearby and for the country as a whole.  Benefits generated through the Network are in the form of more productive forests and wetlands reflected through greater number of and increased biodiversity; reversing the loss and degradation of natural wetlands and forests thereby creating “natural” forests and wetlands which people are proud to visit and monetary benefits to local communities from services provided by them to meet eco-tourism and conservation needs. Being at the centre of the Network, local communities are being constantly incorporated in various conservation strategies implemented through the Network whereby resource user groups through conservation linked enterprises and value chains are getting improved livelihood benefits.

Main Principles of the Network

The PAs under this national network are overseen by different organizations and include varying ecosystems; they are all characterized by these three fundamental traits:

Conservation-Focused: Within every PA in the national network, there is a core area of natural wetland or forest preserved in its natural state. As formally recognized park or sanctuary covered by Government Forest Act or Rule, or a small wetland  sanctuary within a larger water body, this feature is maintained throughout the network sites.

Collaboratively Managed: Each PA in the network is conserved through formalized collaboration between neighboring communities and the Government. This co-management organization is formally recognized and accepted by Government.

Collaboratively Managed: Each PA in the network is conserved through formalized collaboration between neighboring communities and the Government. This co-management organization is formally recognized and accepted by Government.

Pro-Poor: Co-managed PA to promote local livelihood opportunities. All network PA are co-managed to ensure that benefits are directed to the neighboring poor to provide tangible economic incentives for their gainful participation in conservation.

Who Supports Nishorgo Network                                                                                                                  

Nishorgo Network is established by the Government of Bangladesh to benefit local communities through conservation of forest and wetland biodiversity with support from the Integrated Protected Area Co-Management (IPAC) Project.  This Network is implemented by the Ministry of Environment & Forests (Forest Department & Department of Environment) and Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock (Department of Fisheries).  The Network is funded by USAID, European Commission, GTZ, GEF and others. Nishorgo Network is established by the Government of Bangladesh to benefit local communities through conservation of forest and wetland biodiversity with support from the Integrated Protected Area Co-Management (IPAC) Project.  This Network is implemented by the Ministry of Environment & Forests (Forest Department & Department of Environment) and Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock (Department of Fisheries).  The Network is funded by USAID, European Commission, GTZ, GEF and others.