Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS)

Basic Informations

NGO Bureau: Registration No. 841 dated 6 July 1994 and renewed on 15.07.2014.

Social Welfare: Registration No. DA-08871 Dated 14.03.2011

Women Affairs: N/A

Joint Stoke Company: Registration No: Act, XXI of 1860 (No. S-2463 (56)/2000) Dated: 13.09.2000

Micro Credit Regulatory Authority: Registration No : 00990-01573-00112, Dated: 15.01.2008

Others: N/A


House#23, Road# 154, Central Block. Housing Estate, Khalishpur, Khulna, Bangladesh.


CNRS dreams to see that people and nature live in. harmony in a world free from exploitation and exclusion.


Empowering marginalized communities with the required skills and capabilities to make changes that favor pro-poor, inclusive and lasting development and the reduction of the gap between the rich and the poor; working collaboratively towards a better and fairer co-existence.


Ensuring sustainable development through a process of establishing rights of access to resources by the poor user communities

Major Activities

Activities of CNRS can be grouped under seven thematic area:  

  • Natural Resource Management and agriculture
    • Forest PA Management- 7 forest PAs of Bangladesh including Sundarbans reserved forest (World heritage site)
    • Wetland and fisheries Management- co-management of various wetlands in Bangladesh including a Ramsar site one ECA (Ecologically Critical Area) site. Working with Worldfish in USAID’s Ecofish project in managing large estuarine river fisheries
    • Agriculture – adaptive agriculture in flashflood and salinity affected costal zones including small scale aquaculture that are resilient to climate-disaster shocks.
  • Disaster and CC adaptation & mitigation – (preparedness, response, recovery, rehabilitation) in northeastern flashflood areas and coastal areas prone to cyclone, salinity, water logging and erosion. CNRS is selected vendor of UN-Bangladesh to work on DRR in the Northeastern low lying basins highly prone to flashflood and wave erosion.
  • Livelihoods and Nutrition – supporting market based livelihood options for the poor and marginal households dependent on wetlands, forests and costal resources. CNRS is partner of Save the Children International in its Nutrition support program in the northeastern district of Moulvibazar.
  • Advocacy and governance – pro-poor NRM (wetland, riverine, coast, forest), DRR (flashflood and Costal zone), local governance, estuarine fisheries conservation in large river systems.
  • Water & sanitation – worked with government and UNICEF (sanitation) in haor and costal zones with IUCN and CREL (water for ecosystem, agriculture and human use).
  • Micro credits – wetlands, floodplains , coastal and pre-urban communities

Research and studies  - conducts various baseline, impact assessment, monitoring, evaluation, process monitoring & evaluation  relevant to social, institutional and policies on livelihoods, empowerment, NRM, agriculture, DRR, climate change, governance

List of Excutive Body

  1. 1. Prof. Akhter Hussain, Ph. D Chairman
  2. Naznin Akhter Vice Chairman
  3. Mokhlesur Rahman, Ph. D General Secretary
  4. Sachindra Halder Treasurer
  5. Md. Jakariya, Ph. D Member
  6. Md. Rakibul Haque Member
  7. Ayesha Siddiqa Member

Chief of NGO

Name: M. Mokhlesur Rahman, Ph. D

Designation: Executive Director

Phone & Mobile No. Tel : (+880-2) 9820127-28 Mobile : 01711-549460

Head Office

Address: Head Office : House # 13 (4th-6th Floor), Road #17, Block # D, Banani Dhaka -1213, Bangladesh.

Phone & Mobile No. Tel (+880-2) 9820127, 9820128


Project Office

Address: House#23, Road# 154, Central Block. Housing Estate, Khalishpur, Khulna, Bangladesh.

Phone & Mobile No. 01718-375120, 01823-228893


Staff Strength

Staff category Male Female Total
Management and Supervision 22 01 23
Mid-level 66 07 73
Field Worker 136 26 162
Support staff 28 24 52
Voluntaries 07 7

Network / Forum

Name of Network / Forum : Member, CSO-SUN- a network of civil society organizations for scaling up nutrition.

Type : National

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Name of Network / Forum : Secretariat of HAP (Haor Advocacy Platform)- a civil society network

Type : National

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Name of Network / Forum : Member, IUCN Bangladesh National Committee.

Type : National

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Name of Network / Forum : Member, PRA Promoters' Society-Bangladesh (PPS-BD).

Type : National

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Name of Network / Forum : Member, Coastal Fisher-folk Community

Type : National

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Name of Network / Forum : Member, Asian DRR network.

Type : National

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Name of Network / Forum : Member, Credit Development Forum (CDF)

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Name of Network / Forum : Member, Bangladesh Network for Environmental Governance (BNEG).

Type : National

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Name of Network / Forum : CNRS runs a CBO network (community institutions).

Type : National

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Micro credit related information Last three years: (If necessary)

Financial year Amount of Savings Loan disbursement (Cumulative) Amount of Total fund (Tk)
FY July to June ( 2013-2014) 18,26,798.00 1,41,61,000.00 38,54,000.00
FY July to June ( 2014-2015) 24,48,791.00 2,94,70,000.00 96,63,000.00
FY July to June ( 2015-2016) 37,42,567.00 5,49,67,000.00 1,38,63,000.00

Project List ( Total Project : 3 )

Project Name : Strengthening CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS (CSOs) in promoting inclusive and transparent budget processes in Union Parishads

Doner : Europe Aid and implemented by HELVETAS intercooperationgGmbH And Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS)

Sector : Strengthening CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS (CSOs) & Union Parishads

Area : Upazila Rupsha : (Aichgati, Srifoltola, Noihati, TSB, Ghatvog Union Parishad ) =5UP’s Upazila Dumuria: (Dumuria, Magurghona, Vandarpara, Sahos, Rudaghora , Ghutudia, Shovna, Khornia, Atlia, Dhamalia, Raghunathpur, Rongpur & Shorafpur )=13UP’s Upazila Botiaghata: (Botiaghata, Amirpur , Gongarampur, Surkhali, Vandarkot Baliadanga & Jolma)=07 UP’s

Brief of activities :

R1.1:  Facilitated democratic citizen participation spaces such as Ward Shave and open budget meeting, to enable citizens’ engagement in budget processes and tax assessment

R1.2:  Enabled pro-active disclosure and accessibility of budgets and budgetary information in Ups

R2.1:  Installed shared joint responsibilities of UPs and CSOs over budget monitoring, projects’ supervision and selection of safety net beneficiaries and distribution of safety-net benefits

R2.2: Regular participatory, inclusive and accountable budget process established and related evidence shared at national level.

  • Training of UPs and CSOs in legal requirements on pro-active budget disclosure and citizens’ participation in budget (1.1); Development and introduction of practical guidelines on fulfilment of legal requirements on transparent and participatory budgeting
  • Capacity building of UPs on budget disclosure through training, coaching and exposure to good practices
  • Training and coaching of CSOs on negation skills and in the explanation of budgetary information to ordinary citizens
  • Training an coaching of UP and CSOs in partnership dialogue and joint project participatory monitoring
  • Training and coaching of CSOs in the identification/documentation of best practices in UP-CSOs partnerships
  • Evidence sharing and policy debate

Project Name : Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL)


Sector : Natural resource management

Area : Upazila Koira : (Koira sadar, Uttar Bedkhasi, Dakhin Bedkhasi, Moharajpur and Moheswaripur) Upazila Dakop : (Sutarkhali and Koilashgonj)

Brief of activities :

Improved governance of natural resources and biodiversity

  • Forest Policy and Legal Reform Strengthening
  • Ecological Critical Areas (ECAs) Policy and Legal Reform Strengthening
  • Building Capacity of GOB, LGIs (Local Government Institutions), and CMOs to use Climate Change Information in NRM Planning and Decision-Making


Enhanced knowledge and capacity of stakeholders

  • Training modules and curricula developed to promote co-management and climate resilience (for Universities and GOB training institutes)
  • Provide Capacity Building Training to CMOs
  • Open day for community/public to ensure CMO accountability, Strengthening Networking among CMOs
  • Training of Financial and Entrepreneurship Literacy Center teachers and supervisors.


Strengthened planning and implementation of climate-resilient natural resources management (NRM) and adaptation

  • Develop/updated forest protected area (PA) management plan, Develop CMC longer term plans (Forest PAs)
  • Develop Village-Based Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plans
  • Improved Biophysical Condition through Forest Protection and Improvement

 Improved and diversified livelihoods (environmentally sustainable and climate resilient)

  • Climate-Resilient Agriculture Training to Increase Additional Income for natural resource dependent Selected Beneficiaries
  • Strengthen and expand the LSP to increase access of the NR dependents
  • Identify and Strengthen Non-Agriculture Employment Activities for Resource Users and Landless People through private sector engagement.
  • Coordination with other Projects and Donors
  • Gender Mainstreaming in CMO’s NRM and Climate Change Adaptation
  • Reduce gender-based constraints and gender-based violence within wider communities in CMO landscape areas.
  • GIS, remote sensing (RM) and landscape mapping
  • Maintain CrelLink and Feedback on Project Implementation

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