Welcome to Nishorgo Network


What would be the vision of Nishorgo Network in Bangladesh?  The basic perception of the network is a collective response to the demand of the environmental eco-system which is in vulnerable situation. This is an approach to work jointly by the community and Government through co-management organizations for revering the present trend. Focusing the conservation, collaborative management and pro-poor activities are the main principles of the network. Today, climate change is not only important but urgent issue to address by the Government for the community living around the forest, wetland and ECAs. People are becoming vulnerable day by day due climate change. Reduction of vulnerability Climate change mitigation and adaptation is necessary and at the same time need to mainstream the issue of these areas with our national development agenda

To address the challenges and threats of biodiversity conservation is difficult for individual CMOs because of the magnitude of the issues. It needs huge mobilization of community people at the same time other partner organizations like GoB agencies and organizations working for conservation purpose. As example we can note here the issue of water pollution in Mokosh Beel, which is still unresolved. However, to promote larger campaign within the country in favor of conservation and building constituency, initiate and hold advocacy with policy makers for influencing them, ensure rigorous community mobilization, need united effort of the CMOs. Need regional and central forum of CMOs where they can share their experiences and move jointly to address and influence the challenges.

USAID’s Nishorgo Support Project, MACH and IPAC projects expanded the co-management approach in different PAs. As a result, CMOs have been developed and organized in those Protected Areas and Wetlands. To date 16 CMOs in forest PAs and 17 CMOs in wetlands have been established and actively working in management process. Most of the CMOs are registered from the Department of Social Welfare and have their own identity. They have management plan according to the nature and features of the PAs and yearly activity plan based on the management plan. Although, there are many differences of the PAs, challenges and threats are almost common. Bangladesh is a highly populated country with high density. In Bangladesh there are tremendous pressures on land and at the same time poverty is the important issue to address. Due to ... Read more

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USAID supports a stakeholders’ exposure visit to India: USAID’s Integrated Protected Area Co-management organized a weeklong exposure visit of 14 GoB and 1 IPAC officials to the Indian state of Paschimbanga during 10-14 December 2012. The objectives of the visit are to observe and learn relevant Sundarbans Protected Area co-management strategies by focusing on forest planning, community participation and co-management,  control of encroachment, reduction of wildlife-human conflicts, management of fisheries, legislative and regulatory support for conservation, strengthening of AIG/VC activities, and involving local stakeholders in the conservation of forestlands, wetlands and other natural resources. Read more


USAID’s IPAC holds Lessons Sharing Session on Role and Status of Women during IPAC Implementation: To capture the key lessons learned during IPAC implementation in regards to women’s role and status, a lesson sharing session was held on December 5-6, 2012 in Cox’s Bazar. 30 women from all five clusters of IPAC participated in this two day event. The first day was consisted of field visits to Chunoti Wildlife Sanctuary, Medhakachapia National Park and Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary where the participants experienced different activities their counterparts are performing with co-management and nature conservation. There were group discussions on Alternative Income ... Read more


Dhaka, September 15, 2012 – Ms. Khurshida Begum of Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary (TWS) managed by Forest Department of Ministry of Environment & Forests receives an “Honorable Mention” prize for the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Wanagari Maathai Award 2012. Ms. Begum is receiving this award as a pioneer female change maker in her community and making women more visible in the conservation of natural resources including forests and wetlands. As in 2004 the Bangladesh Forest Department of Ministry of Forests & Environment and USAID’s Nishorgo Support Project established collaborative management of natural resources between the government and the local communities by operationalizing co-management committees (CMC), in 2006 Ms. Kurshida Begum (27) took a bold initiative by ... Read more