Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) - Projects

Project Name : Hilsha Project/ Sustainable Livelihoods for Hilsa-dependent Communities across India Bangladesh Riverscapes

Doner : International Water Association (IWA)

Sector : Biodiversity Conservation

Area : Southern Bangladesh and India

Brief of activities :

The Sustainable Livelihoods for Hilsa-dependent Communities across India Bangladesh Riverscapes project will be working towards developing trans-boundary deliberative mechanisms, creating common ground for agreements while building confidence between the two countries.  It will create a space for different social groups within the marginal fisher community including women to be able to engage and be represented in fisheries federations and Hilsa conservation processes. The overall impact of the project will be a shared understanding of Hilsa management leading towards strengthening of livelihoods and economic benefits for Hilsa dependent communities.

Project Name : Solar School Project

Doner : Korea Green Foundation (KGF)

Sector : Green Energy

Area : Union: Baniashanta, Batiaghata Sub-district/ Upazilla: Dacope Division& District: Khulna

Brief of activities :

Green Village by Promoting Solar energy in Bangladeshis a project to serve as a model case of renewable energy and environment-friendly sustainable development by utilizing solar charging station program combining ‘Solar Station Maintenance, Management and Operation’, ‘Solar Station Business and Marketing’, ‘Solar Station Monitoring and Evaluation’ in the region near the Sundarbans which is environmentally vulnerable in Bangladesh.

Project Name : Tree Planting in Schools

Doner : Japan Environmental Education Forum(JEEF)/Japan by FEE (The Foundation for Environmental Education), Japan

Sector : Tree Plantation

Area : Union: Baniashanta, Batiaghata Sub-district/ Upazilla: Dacope Division& District: Khulna

Brief of activities :

The Sundarbans delta region is rich in biodiversity and many different species of trees are found there. A few varieties are used as timber and as a result these varieties are heavily exploited. Bangladesh’s rapid economic and population growth have created pressure on the ecology and land use resulting in a reduction in the forest cover. This project is doing ecosystem conservation and promotes tree planting as one of the most important activities to improve integration between people and nature with involving teachers, students, and the local community in planting trees on school campuses.

Project Name : Sundarbans Biodiversity Conservation through Community Based Eco Tourism development by Fishermen families and student of Eco-Clubs

Doner : Japan Environmental Education Forum(JEEF)/Japan by AEON Environment Activities Grant Program

Sector : Biodiversity Conservation

Area : Union: Baniashanta, Batiaghata and Chila Sub-district/ Upazilla: Dacope, Batiaghata and Mongla

Brief of activities :

The Sundarbans has the world’s largest single stretch of mangrove forest Unfortunately, the Sundarbans community has been engaged in exploiting the resources of Sundarbans due to poverty and lack of job opportunities. This project conserves mangrove biodiversity while reducing the poverty of forest-dependent fishermen communities through community based Eco-Tourism.

Project Name : Improvement project on waste management in Khulna City, targeting waste pickers

Doner : Japan Environmental Education Forum(JEEF)/Japan by Mitsui &Co. Ltd. Environment Fund

Sector : Waste management, Livelihood Improvement and Environmental Education

Area : Khulna City, Bangladesh

Brief of activities :

Khulna is the third-largest city in Bangladesh with a population of 1.5 million persons.  The city is growing but the waste pickers are a community who collect remains from the waste dumping zone to recycle and sell it to middleman for very little profit. We are now implementing this project to improve waste management within Khulna City communities, and targeting waste picker activities, with the aim of creating a more harmonious coexistence between waste pickers, society and nature. Awareness programs to create harmony between the waste pickers and community are part of the initiative. In collaboration with the Waste Pickers Society in South Asia, the project aims to develop a model for improved community waste management in wards 17, 24, and the Rajbandh waste dumping site. This model will be replicated in other parts of the city at a later stage.

Project Name : Sundarbans Mangrove Biodiversity Education Program

Doner : Japan Environmental Education Forum(JEEF)/Japan with Toyota Motor Environmental Grant Program from Toyota Motor Corporation

Sector : Environmental Education

Area : Allover Bangladesh

Brief of activities :

The Sundarbans is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The forests together with the Sundarbans mangroves are important habitat for the endangered tiger and many other animal species. Considering the importance of mangrove ecosystem sustainability in the delta region, we are now implementing the Sundarbans Mangrove Biodiversity Education Program. The initiative will categorically build capacity among teachers, students and communities throughout Bangladesh to develop conservation awareness and promote the concept of sustainability positively on Sundarbans Mangrove Biodiversity. Some of the materials such as books, education games,cards etc. as supplementary reading materials are now being piloted across 82 primary schools throughout Bangladesh

Project Name : Sundarbans Mangrove SAYATOMA conservation through promoting traditional food culture of mangrove shrimp, plantation and policy work

Doner : Japan Environmental Education Forum(JEEF)/Japan

Sector : Community/field-based project implementation

Area : Shyamnagar, Shatkhira

Brief of activities :

For reduce the poverty of 100 Sundarbans fishermen families through demonstrating and promoting traditional shrimp processing with retain and enhancement of Sundarbans SATOYAMA biodiversity conservation through making and executing sustainable conservation action plan for reducing the gap of coordination among GOs, NGOs, Universities and Communities.

Project Name : Eco-village Project in Bangladesh

Doner : Korea Green Foundation (KGF)

Sector : Sustainable Development Goal Model Project

Area : Dakope, Khulna

Brief of activities :

Korea Green Foundation (KGF) and Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) have implemented a project entitled "Eco-Village Project in Bangladesh" with an aim to establish Eco-village as a role model of environment friendly sustainable development by executing different programs including Green Housing, Green Education, and Green Business in the southern coastal region around the Sundarbans in Bangladesh which is very much environmentally insecure. This project is implemented mainly in three villages of Banishanta union but the sub activity of Green Education (school education) is executed in both Banishanta and Laudove Unions of Dacope Upozilla under Khulna District of Bangladesh.

Project Name : Livelihood improvement of impoverished honey collectors

Doner : Japan Environmental Education Forum(JEEF)/Japan with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Sector : Livelihood improvement

Area : Shyamnagar, Shatkhira

Brief of activities :

In the Sundarbans the plants have flowers that attract honeybees creating a jungle filled with beehives.  Traditionally, poor communities living around the Sundarbans collect the honey between April and June with permission from the government. But they earn very little money.  This project is implementing that honey collection a sustainable process and provides the honey collectors a year round livelihood through the Coast Watershed Conservation surrounding the Sundarbans.